30th Anniversary box

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Project by gashley posted 12-07-2015 09:33 PM 1156 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started a tradition for the longtime employees in my company and build them boxes to commemorate anniversaries in the company. This is a 30th anniversary present for a woman I’ve worked with all those 30 years now.

It’s made of a beautiful piece of curly cherry with a panel of veneered curly maple. The maple doesn’t pop quite as well in the photos but has a beautiful figure to it.
Box is just a simple spline and miter construction. Used Bubinga for the splines, handles and an accent on underside of the lid. Also did bubinga inlay with a maple inlay of her initials on the lid. Did the initials with a simple double bevel setup on the scroll saw with 1/8” maple and bubinga layered together as a packet. I liked the remaining maple outline of the initials that was leftover so I centered them on one of the interior trays for an extra accent.
The box inside has a “ledge” system that allows 2 trays to slide across the entire width of the box (it’s 16×11) above the main opening of the box.
For boxes I seem to lately like to use rattle can finishes with a couple sealer coats of clear shellac followed by a semigloss poly. Quick, easy and simple to get a nice flawless finish.

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 11:22 PM

I know your employees are appreciative to have a good boss like you. That’s a very nice box and i know it will be greatly appreciated.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#2 posted 12-08-2015 01:42 AM

Beautiful box. A very nice tradition!

-- AJ

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#3 posted 12-08-2015 07:00 AM

It’s very nice of you to bring such tradition to your company. It’s beautiful box and present. I’m a little bit envy to person who will get it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-08-2015 08:11 PM

Beautiful, but with the waves it would be prettier. Don’t be lazy, push to the end…....

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#5 posted 12-10-2015 05:59 AM

Gary, very nice design. I like the idea of a two tab lift for the top. Works well for lefties too. The finish looks very smooth, and I like the soft sheen. The inner works are well done, though it might be nice to have compartments with a little more variety of sizes in the first two layers. The three interior levels should give this box plenty of storage. You have made great choices in woods, the box is beautiful. I am sure this is a very personalized gift for deserving employees. Thirty years is a long time on the job.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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