traditional keepsake with checkerboard top

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Project by Mike Shea posted 06-21-2007 07:41 AM 1822 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a basic box i made to look a litle more dressed up. with a checkerboard lid and box joints to give it some
character. it was made with honduras mahogany and maple. the lid was sawn from the carcase to give a clean draditional look. ill write more on it later but thats the basics

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#1 posted 06-21-2007 07:53 AM

It looks great Mike. Great contrast in the wood.

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#2 posted 06-21-2007 07:54 AM

Really nice work! Tell us more about the lining.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 06-21-2007 12:11 PM

nice. I like how the checkerboard design copies the joinery look, the cutout of the bottom and especially the groove under the handle. NICE

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#4 posted 06-21-2007 02:28 PM

Beautiful! What tecnique did you use for the checkerboard design?

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

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#5 posted 06-21-2007 02:46 PM

Beautiful….I love the checkerboard top and the fact that it’s visible from the inside.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#6 posted 06-21-2007 03:31 PM

Mike – I really like your work – you add a new style to the making of a box.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#7 posted 06-21-2007 04:03 PM

Mike, great job!!! I like the checkerboard top, and the bottom cutout. Again, great job!!

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#8 posted 06-21-2007 06:14 PM

Beautiful box, love the box joints and top. Good use of wood color. jockmike

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#9 posted 07-25-2007 07:32 AM

Great box, Mike! It came up on the home page and I had to take a look… Big fan of the finger/box joints. Nice work with the top.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#10 posted 07-25-2007 02:57 PM

This is terrific, Mike. I still don’t know how I miss these beautiful small boxes when first posted. I do keep my eyes out for them. I really like the checkerboard top; I don’t believe that I’ve seen that done before on a box. The rounding over of the edges of the checkerboard are a great detail. When I look at this, it’s no wonder that I just love small wooden boxes.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 08-21-2007 05:32 AM

Watta box Mike. You did just great on this one.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#12 posted 11-22-2007 05:35 AM

This shuffled up for me and don’t know how I missed it earlier. Really beautiful box Mike. The design and craftsmanship are just outstanding. Glad I caught this gem.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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