Keepsake Box

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Project by Timbo78 posted 11-23-2015 03:25 PM 1173 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a keepsake box I found on and made for my wife. Purpleheart and Bird’s Eye Maple. I was attracted to it because of the corner joinery (when viewed from above). I had never seen it before and thought it was neat looking. It was definitely a bit of a pain to glue up, and I didn’t help my cause by forgetting to wipe off the excess glue in the corners. The hinges are barrel hinges- things I will most likely never use again. Again, I made things more difficult on myself by freehanding the holes for the barrels. I don’t like the way it opens. The top is slightly off on the horizontal axis which is just cosmetic, but is aligned on the vertical axis, yet the pieces rub and push away from each other when the lid is opened. I’m not sure why. I’m also not a huge fan of the design for the bottom. I made a small error by not mitering the cleats under the bottom, so there are small gaps in the corners, which you can see in the upper right corner of the second picture. I can obviously fix that by adding some tiny mitered pieces to the ends of the cleats, but the way it’s designed will still leave gaps in the bottom, only there will be a cleat below instead of the open gap I have now. Not sure its worth the trouble. Despite those few things, I’m pretty pleased with it and the wife loves it. So though it won’t be winning any awards or impressing fellow woodworkers, it’s a success in the Timbo household. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 03:30 PM

Nice box. You are right that is a unique and interesting corner detail.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 03:50 PM

Great job!! it is a cool project and if the person that it was made for enjoys it that is all that matters! I say relish your imperfections, as pobody’s nerfect!

-- Jeff Lemont, IL.

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#3 posted 11-24-2015 12:39 AM

Fellow wood worker impressed. This one has an interesting design and came out beautiful. Love that birds eye maple!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 11-24-2015 03:43 AM

I, too, like the corner detail. I may just borrow it in the future.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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