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Project by Rick posted 1679 days ago 5797 views 24 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for my dad for Christmas. It’s Walnut and Bloodwood and Holly.
7.5” x 5.75” x 4.5” tall

The secret bottom tray is 1/4inch deep and can be removed with a magnetic key that is stored inside the box in the wall of the box. The lid is one big dovetail which snaps into place with embedded magnets. The secret bottom tray stays in place with magnets as well. The “key” has a much more powerful magnet which is what allows you to remove the tray.

The F is holly inlay. The “F” is for our last name. I did the routing for that on my Router Boss. I also made all of the dovetail cuts using my Router Boss.

I lined the bottom with dark red suede wrapped around a soft pad that sticks to the bottom.

I sanded up to 1000 grit for a very smooth finish. The 1000 grit are Mirka foam pads for the random orbital sander.

It’s finished with 3 coats of Deft danish oil and 3 coats of Renaissance wax.





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DaytonB

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#1 posted 1679 days ago

gorgeous, nice design. I love the inlay and your use of hidden magnets

well done!

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lumberdustjohn

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#2 posted 1679 days ago

nice mix of wood.
Fantastic joinery!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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blockhead

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#3 posted 1679 days ago

Very nice Rick. I love the wood combo and design. The colors look great. Sweet build!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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HuntleyBill

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#4 posted 1679 days ago

What a beautiful box!! How do you get those inlays so perfect??

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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Rick

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#5 posted 1679 days ago

For the bloodwood inlay I cut the waste out with a dado. For the Holly inlay I cut the waste out with my Router Boss. I slowly sneak up on the width of the inlay pieces by moving my TS fence about 10 times and cut a scrap piece of wood until it fits perfectly. Then I cut my nice wood to size.

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mtnwinds

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#6 posted 1679 days ago

Excellent work, Rick. How long have you been doing inlays?

-- Frank in Colorado Springs

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reggiek

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#7 posted 1679 days ago

Beautiful! A work of art….love the contrasts and the inlays.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Rick

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#8 posted 1679 days ago

Thanks Frank. That’s the 3rd project I’ve put inlay on.

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Andy

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#9 posted 1679 days ago

I love the inlay on this box! And I know you had to take your time with setup on this too. The contrasts are outstanding, which really grabbed my attention. And the magnet catch is a real treat.
Very well done!

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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Rj

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#10 posted 1679 days ago

Great box ! I like the inlay and wood combinations you used

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 1679 days ago

This is a gorgeous box. I am sure your father will love it. The bloodwood and holly inlays provide a nice accent for the walnut.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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SPalm

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#12 posted 1679 days ago

That is really sweet.

Good Job!
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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jockmike2

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#13 posted 1679 days ago

Beautiful box, your Dad will love it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 1679 days ago

I love the “ribbon” look of the design.. beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Monty Queen

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#15 posted 1679 days ago

Beautiful looking box, it is very stunning. Excellent.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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