Keepsake Boxes

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Project by DocT posted 12-23-2009 02:29 AM 2196 views 16 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m going to take a quick second to post a few of my Christmas projects. I don’t know if any you are familiar with Marc’s Keepsake Box project over at the Wood Whisperer. Here are my versions.

The premise is a box with a secret locking pin that secures the lid. When the pin is removed, the lid slides open along large dovetails revealing a hollowed base for storing all your whozits and whatnots.

I made two versions. The first is a roughly 7×7 semi-round. The second is a 3 ½ x 16 beveled long rectangle. Both are approximately 3 inches thick. My version includes a much thicker lid than the original. It allowed me to sculpt a 1 inch deep trough into the top to act as a change tray/ catchall. The boxes are made of white oak with black walnut accents and the finish is sprayed lacquer.

These were a blast to make… and quick!


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#1 posted 12-23-2009 02:37 AM

That’s a Great Looking Box.

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#2 posted 12-23-2009 02:39 AM

Marc should be proud.
Your rendition of his boxes are exceptional.
Very Nice !!!

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#3 posted 12-23-2009 02:44 AM

super looking boxes

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-23-2009 02:58 AM

Very cool Doc You did a great job!!

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

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#5 posted 12-23-2009 03:33 AM

Great job again Doc!

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#6 posted 12-23-2009 04:04 AM

That is a really cool set of boxes. I am heading to Wood Whisper right now to take a look at his.
Thanks for posting. Merry Christmas.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 12-23-2009 04:16 AM

Very very cool.
Great work. I have definitely favorited this and want to try one!


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#8 posted 12-23-2009 04:24 AM

i really like the way you have made these your way. the long one is my fav.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#9 posted 12-23-2009 06:11 AM

Very cool.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#10 posted 12-23-2009 06:18 AM

Awesome job, I love that dovetail.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 12-23-2009 08:17 AM

Great boxes. Love the hidden key design. The trough in the top is a good idea since we allways seem to hame small stuff in our pockets. Nice job on makeing the design your own.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#12 posted 12-23-2009 08:26 AM

Very nice box, I really like the idea. That must have take a lot of work and sanding to get that deep of a dip in white oak.

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#13 posted 12-23-2009 09:34 AM

Great looking boxes.The oak and walnut look nice together.Whats the secret to sculpting the trough in the lid.Looks great.Any tips?

-- Mike Wix

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#14 posted 12-23-2009 02:36 PM

Very neatly done. I did a series of boxes based on the same idea after seeing the Wood Whisperer video. Mine are rougher as used very old recycled hardwood – interesting to see how the same idea can spawn so many variations. My partner, daughter and daughters-in-law love them. see here
Kristin's sliding lid box
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P.S. I really admire your carvings – esp. the fish.

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#15 posted 12-23-2009 05:30 PM

Nice looking boxes. I have been wanting to make some of them ever since I watched Marc’s podcast on them. I hope mine come out as nice as yours did.

-- The ability to learn is innate, not the desire.

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