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Project by Ken90712 posted 05-14-2015 08:55 PM 1785 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a while since I have posted projects. I was commissioned by my Best Friend’s wife to make 2 men’s keepsake (Valet) boxes. One for my God-son and the other for her husband, both birthday presents. While happy to do this, I wanted to make them special and masculine at the same time.

1st on is made out of Blue Oak, Mappa burl veneer and checkered in-lay. I flocked it with Blue Velvet, being that’s Jacks favorite color. The flocking was still drying when I took pic and the excess needed to be dumped out. I made the plans for this on my own. Approx 22×9x6

2nd one is Indian Rose Wood, Birds Eye Maple veneer and a multi-colored inlay. Red is my buddy’s Favorite color even though he graduated from Michigan State. LOL…. The plans came from the Woodsmith show as I have made one of these before.

I used General Finishes Arm-A Seal oil based wiping Varnish. This was my first time using this, but I really like it. I had a little learning curve in the beginning. Foam brush did not work for me got runs. I was better off with a piece of T-shirt which allowed thinner coats.

I need to get better at pictures, they don’t do them justice.

I would have preferred to use better hinges, but her budget was a consideration. Wow what a difference in hinges there is; now I get the price differences.

There are some Master Box Makers here and I can really appreciate their talent after making a ½ dozen or so Boxes. When you try to make something perfect and battle with it throughout the build I really respect the finished boxes.

As always Thx for looking and all comments welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-14-2015 09:04 PM

Beautiful boxes. Doing boxes right is very time consuming. Both of these will be appreciated.

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

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savannah505

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#2 posted 05-14-2015 09:10 PM

Very nice work. I’m sure they’ll love them.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 09:13 PM

COOL Boxes, Ken!

Those are pretty good sized boxes!
... for just general Stuff we like to mess with? :)

NICE WORK!

They will be very happy with them!

Good to see you again! You still have the Touch!

Looks like you made some Banding… Fun to do…!!

Later…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 05-14-2015 09:13 PM

Outstanding craftsmanship—truly beautiful.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 05-14-2015 09:58 PM

Ken,

Great matching and blending of the woods!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Woodbridge

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#6 posted 05-14-2015 11:15 PM

great looking boxes! I like the inlayed tops.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 05-15-2015 12:00 AM

Great looking pair of valet boxes! I’m sure the guys will really appreciate them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 05-15-2015 12:29 AM

Well done Ken!

I am really liking the second box…. a lot! Both of these will be appreciated for a lifetime and then some.

Take care my friend!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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lew

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#9 posted 05-15-2015 12:45 AM

Gorgeous! I really like the darker one!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 05-15-2015 01:05 AM

Very nice, I think any man would be honored to have one of those in there home.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneFarm

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 05-15-2015 01:07 AM

Thx everyone, I’m on the fence on which one I like more…. Great input.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 05-15-2015 01:29 AM

Both of those are beautiful! I love the burl on the first one (looks a lot like my cottonwood burl). You demonstrated a lot of skills on these. NOW, on to wooden hinges!

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

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#13 posted 05-15-2015 06:29 AM

Ken, what a nice demonstration of good taste and fine craftsmanship. These are well done. I like the woods in the first box and the shape in the second box. Glad I don’t have to choose which one I would take. Nice work.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 05-15-2015 10:42 AM

Nice boxes, Ken.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#15 posted 05-15-2015 11:54 AM

Ken, these all turned out beautifully. You really do nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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