keepsake box

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Project by boxman posted 03-22-2009 05:42 PM 1497 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

the wood i used for the top is called black ash , it’s from eastern canada, there is a heart inlay of yellowheart in the center, with a inlay strip on all 4 sides, the wood for front & back is warama , this is a heavy wood from south america it’s like a rosewood,the hinges are made from curly maple, the legs are pen blanks made of cocobolo, the inside view shows a beaded chain to hold the lid from opening all the way back, with a oval mirror, i made a lift out tray made of maple for the sides & maple burl for the bottom,the side wood is spalted birch, the box measures 10” X 6 3/4” X 5 1/2” high, for the finish i started with natural danish oil with wet sanding up to 600 grit, then i put 4-5 coats of clear poly with a light sanding between each coat.
I don’t usually make a box with just one wood, as most of the time i don’t have enough wood for one box, so i really like the effect of using different woods th make my projects.

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask,

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#1 posted 03-22-2009 05:43 PM

Great looking box! Lots of small but real nice details that add up.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-22-2009 05:51 PM

A fine looking box indeed. Great combination of woods.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 03-22-2009 06:01 PM

WOW, you don’t mess around. That box has everything. Nice job !

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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#4 posted 03-22-2009 07:10 PM

thanks for the kind words

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask,

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#5 posted 03-22-2009 07:31 PM

Really nice box, very individual. The lift tray is a gorgeous surprise inside the box.

-- Chris

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#6 posted 03-22-2009 07:32 PM

Nice…lots of neat details, and a great finish.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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