Purple Heart and Padauk Keepsake Box

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Project by The_Doc posted 01-12-2016 08:18 PM 955 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pretty new to woodworking, but I’ve managed to find a nice hardwood supplier that isn’t too far from my shop. Being a rookie, I found some nice bright colorful wood (without knowing much about) to make a box. Everything was done on a table saw. Pretty happy with the results for a first go at something “nice” without using plywood or pine.

Finish just a Danish oil wiped on and let dry a few days. I learned that Padask a pretty soft wood and that made it a challenge to not destroy the leg pieces when I was cleaning up the slots via chisel. Also Purple heart is very two-faced and really does turn from Purple back to brown when it is planed / sanded / cut whatever.

Any criticism is welcomed. =]

Disclaimer, Beer pictured is only during hand sanding process. Wasn’t operating while drinking

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 10:14 PM

Very nice box

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 01:28 PM

I like the trim details on the bottom edge. Neat Makers Mark too. Cheers!

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 01:56 PM

Very nice looking box. I wish that when I was just starting with woodworking (many years ago) I would have produced this nice of a box. It took me many tries (practice) to get as good of a result.

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

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#4 posted 01-13-2016 02:08 PM

Thanks for the kind words! Plenty of mistakes were made, Figuring out how to solve/hide them is the interesting part.

The Makers Mark is actually a really simple trick I found on Jay Bates Site, where you transfer Laser Jet Toner kind of like and iron on transfer. I was really impressed with the results on some scraps, so I used it here.

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 08:46 PM

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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