Keepsake Box

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Project by Grumpymike posted 05-10-2015 12:30 AM 1188 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I take each family member to the woodworker’s store and have them wander through the stock and find a board that they like top make their special keepsake box from. Well, this time my daughter picked out a piece of Black Palm.

Having never worked with Black Palm, I was in for a big surprise.
Black Palm is a hard, brittle, and wily wood that has no real grain to it. so no mater what tool you use on it, it will shatter leaving bunches of splinters … I had more slivers making this box than I had last year!

After I had the carcass assembled with box joints and the bottom in place with dado’s I was ready for the lid, so for contrast I picked out a piece of Curly Maple or Tiger Maple if you will, That was sitting on the shelf and did a couple of inlays.

The crown and base are Mansonia, an unusual wood that blended nicely with the Black Palm and the maple.

The feet are scraps of Sepele, and the whole thing is finished with one coat of BLO and four coats of clear shellac.

I tried the Iron on laser printer trick for the name and it worked well until the shellac hit it and it bled (waaah).
so there is an etched mirror that will take it’s place.

Thanks for lookin’ and comments are welcome.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-10-2015 12:32 AM

Very beautiful. Hard to work with, but you did a great job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 12:36 AM

Hey Grumpy,
Looks great. You done a great job on this one. Proud for you.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 12:40 AM

Nicely done! Ya can now use a new name—Splinters!

I know I am being one of those; )(&^%^&()— proving I have at least one talent!

-- just rjR

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-10-2015 12:49 AM

WOW, that is beautiful, Mike!! Nice job. she will love it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-10-2015 03:51 AM

job well done dutchy…I love the contrast in woods and nice choice in the color of the liner…

-- "just be yourself, everyone else is taken"....Oscar Wilde

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#6 posted 05-10-2015 05:38 AM

Beautiful keepsake box, Mike! Your daughter has excellent taste in lumber. The contrast of the black palm and the curly maple is striking. Love it!
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 05-10-2015 11:40 AM

Beautiful box with those elipse inlays. Storage space available is incredible.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 05-10-2015 12:34 PM

You did a fine job on this box. It’s 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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#9 posted 05-10-2015 01:19 PM


the idea that you take your loved ones to the lumber to have them choose the board is brilliant! It makes the gift mean that much more! That is using your head and your heart!

Your box is beautiful, I have always been a fan of black palm!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#10 posted 05-10-2015 11:15 PM

Very stunning Grumpy! Wow! Nicely contrasting woods and design.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 05-11-2015 02:10 AM

Mike, the design is excellent and the wood colors and figure really make this an outstanding piece. Your daughter is one lucky lady to have such a great dad.

-- Art

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Jim Sellers

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#12 posted 05-11-2015 03:58 AM

Nice looking wood, that black palm. Nice box and trays.

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

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#13 posted 05-11-2015 08:46 PM

Thanks to all of you for your very kind comments, And to answer a Private PM, Yes the round inlay in the corner is a red rose as a symbol of love.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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