Sean's Box

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Project by sscartozzi posted 02-28-2015 08:48 PM 1523 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a keepsake box that I finally completed a couple weeks ago. It was supposed to be completed for Sean, my grandson, for his first Christmas. I was only a little late. I made it out of substrate covered with walnut burl veneer. Working entirely in that walnut veneer was challenging. The curved top was fun and I had some advice from one of my buddies on LJ. Since he is only 9 months old now, I don’t think he will remember that it was late. That is unless his mom, my daughter, tells him.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#1 posted 02-28-2015 09:43 PM

Geezum Lousie!!!! That box is beautiful. Rest assured he will always treasure it. Man that is gorgeous.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 02-28-2015 10:23 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! A real family treasure and I’m sure your grandson will forgive you for being late (-: Where did you acquire the walnut veneer it is beautiful?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 02-28-2015 11:05 PM

Steve, I hope his mom keeps this in storage and gives it to him for his high school graduation so he doesn’t tear it up. It is beautiful work. You have done a really great job on this.

Make him another simple box for fun and play now. Maybe something to hold Thomas the Train tracks and engines after he has learned to roll over and walk.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 02-28-2015 11:51 PM

Thats a beauty Steve.
Nice matches in that lovely burl and nice work on the inlays (marquetry) as well.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 03-01-2015 01:08 AM

Outstanding! The bookmatch of the veneer is perfect! I would make him a pine knock off until he is old enough to appreciate this one.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-01-2015 01:40 AM

The veneer work and all the details are gorgeous ! Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 03-01-2015 01:46 AM

Man that is a beautiful box! I’m sure he will really appreciate it, when the time comes.

Until then, I agree with the others—save it for an important date in the future. For now give him something inexpensive to play with.

-- Dean

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#8 posted 03-01-2015 03:07 AM

Beautiful wood and use of it!!

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 03-01-2015 03:39 AM

Beautiful veneer and great workmanship.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 03-01-2015 06:34 AM

beautiful box and nice veneer work. the most under rated project of the day. Should be in top 3.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#11 posted 03-01-2015 01:16 PM

Hi Ron, thanks for the kind words. I think i purchased the veneer from

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#12 posted 03-01-2015 02:42 PM

That is a fine piece of workmanship. It’s absolutely beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 03-01-2015 05:06 PM

Realy nice box, inlay, curves etc…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 03-01-2015 10:08 PM

Thumbs up buddy!

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#15 posted 03-01-2015 11:01 PM

Hi Ron, thanks for the kind words. I think i purchased the veneer from

- sscartozzi

Thanks Steve -

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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