Keepsake Box for my daughter

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Project by jhawkinnc posted 1895 days ago 1238 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a box project. Just so happens its going to be birthday present for my daughter. Can’t wait to see her reaction!

The materials used are maple and cherry and the overall dimensions are 11.5”w x 8”d x 4.75”h. I put a couple coats of antique oil finish on it. After some time, the cherry should darken so there will be more contrast between the woods. The heart is thin piece of birdseye maple that’s been cut and carved to shape. A piece of adhesive backed felt lines the bottom.

I’ve learned a few things along with way with this – particularly about hinge alignment. Guess I’ll just need to practice, practice, practice.

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#1 posted 1895 days ago

Nice box well done welcome to LJs

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1895 days ago

Nicely shaped box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 1895 days ago

beautiful piece
your right that will only improve with age

how did you get that nice curve on the legs

-- Ron, Missouri

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#4 posted 1895 days ago

Thank you all for the compliments!

hootr – I started with blocks of cherry, sanded down two of the sides on a belt sander, and then ran it through the table saw to cut the notches.

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#5 posted 1895 days ago

It looks great, I’m sure she will love it.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#6 posted 1895 days ago

Looks great…. a whole lot better than my first SEVERAL boxes!

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

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#7 posted 1895 days ago

I cant even bring myself to show my early boxes i think your daughter is going to love it friend


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 1895 days ago

A lovely box, particularly for a first go.

Aligning hinges are a nightmare; mine almost always go wrong. I think what you are supposed to do is fit the hinges to one side (probably the lid), then tape the components together in the open position while the opposite hinge rebate is marked.

My last box (see projects – ‘Hazel’s box) had dowel hinges let into the sides and lid. This is an entirely different measuring experience.

All the best.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#9 posted 1895 days ago

Very nice box. Your daughter will love it!

Great choice of wood. I agree, that chery should darken nicely.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 1895 days ago

Wonderful job.

-- When the tide goes out you see who's been skinny dipping.

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#11 posted 1895 days ago

Great looking box and I am sure your daughter will love it and welcome to LJ’s

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