Wedding Keepsake Box

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Project by Brad_Nailor posted 2549 days ago 1956 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made for my wife to put keepsakes in from our wedding. It is made from curly maple, cherry and purple heart (all scraps). After working out the pattern I glued up two long boards one for the body and one for the top. Then I mitered the pieces together. I used no fasteners’s all glue and carefully placed clamps! The base was Baltic birch ply trimmed with purple heart. The finish is Bush oil under 5 coats of Deft gloss lacquer. As you can see one of my miters on the top has a gap in it. I mistakenly trusted my friends chop saw (it was in a professional cabinet would think it would be accurate)..Oh well, live and learn!


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#1 posted 2549 days ago

Looks great brad. Need to get a miter plane….lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 2549 days ago

Really beautiful and interesting wood combination. I didn’t see any gap worth mentioning!
Nice and thoughtful gift from husband to wife. Great job.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 2549 days ago

Brad this is a very special box. I really like the design. Well done. I’d say you are a bit of a perfectionist, Mate, can’t see any gaps in the miters. Please show us more, because I don’t think that I’m the only one that just loves small wooden boxes.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 2549 days ago

so beautiful; so special.
Really love the inside of the lid – and that surprise heart inside.
(What gap??)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 2549 days ago

This is really nice. I’d be proud to give it to my wife.

A gift like this, that you designed and crafted just for her, has to mean a lot.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 2548 days ago

I really like this box. In fact, on the top you’ve used a technique I haven’t tried yet. Now I’m ready to hit the shop and give it a try!

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

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#7 posted 2548 days ago

What a lucky couple, this is a wounderful box so well made.

-- Jeff B.

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#8 posted 2548 days ago

Thanks for all your kind words! I’m a bit of a perfectionist (understatement!) if you look real close there is a small gap between the top section and the right section of the lid. The inside of the lid is the actual seating guide from the was a very small wedding! The lid lip is 1/4 round purple heart. The brass heart is engraved with the date of the wedding. I had a tough time getting it to stick..I didn’t lacquer the inside… just oiled!
@ Don I am new to the site..I thought you could only post three do you post more?


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#9 posted 2548 days ago

Great box Brad.

To post additional pictures they must be on the web some place like and you click the formatting reference above where you type and it gives you some examples.

If you have a picture on flickr, you right click the picture and then click properties and it will give you a web address of the picture. Copy that and paste it into your message with an exclamation point in front and at the end. No spaces between the codes like ! abc.web.address/pic.jpg ! I put spaces so I could post this and not get an error.

You can then click preview and it will show you the message and the pictures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 2543 days ago

I really like that box, Brad. Great detail!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 2543 days ago

Beautiful design, wonderful choice of wood and great execution Brad. Love it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 2281 days ago

That is a gorgeous box. I love the design and color combinations. Your execution is impeccable!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#14 posted 2206 days ago

certainly is a beautiful box…the colors and craftsmanship are awesome : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 2206 days ago

Holy cow !! That is beautiful .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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