Keepsake Boxes

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Project by Gerry posted 12-23-2009 06:52 AM 1939 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my very first boxes. They are made of redwood for the base, and mesquite for the tops. I knew what I wanted, but had no clue of how to do it. Sooooo, I bought the Taunton Press Book, and began my journey. Surprised and pleased they turned out well, they are Christmas gifts currently waiting under the tree…..

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#1 posted 12-23-2009 08:00 AM

Great group of boxes. I am sure the recipiants will be thrilled. Nice design and build. I like the name tags on them.

Keep it up.


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

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#2 posted 12-23-2009 08:02 AM

I echo Scrappy’s comments. Nice boxes.

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#3 posted 12-23-2009 01:50 PM

Very nice boxes. I’m sure the girls will be so pleased to receive a handmade gift.
Once you start with boxes, you can’t stop! They are fun and very rewarding to make.
Now if we could just turn Christmas back to home-made, personal gifts….
Merry Christmas.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 12-23-2009 03:13 PM

Gerry, these are beautiful boxes and personalizing each of them was a wonderful idea. I agree with Ellen’s comment that making Christmas gifts is the way to go.

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

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#5 posted 12-23-2009 06:15 PM

I love this little box. Somewhere I found the first chapter to that book free on-line and made this box multiple times for the first Christmas where I made the majority of the presents that I gave. I didn’t take any pics of them though – it was before I found LJs. Is there a purpose behind the dowel pegs in the seemingly random spots on the sides of the box?


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#6 posted 12-23-2009 07:05 PM

These are fantastic boxes and your first too. keep up the great work.

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#7 posted 12-23-2009 07:46 PM

Very nice boxes. You did a great job with the inlays on the front. Couldn’t get a better start at box building. The girls are going to love these.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 12-24-2009 08:02 PM

Thanks Guys and Girls for your encoragement. Now I’ve got to build out the shop a bit, and get ready for tomorrow.

Ellen, you are right about boxes neing habit forming. Making things of wood is always an adventure, and sharing them with friends and family is what Christmas is all about. I already have a project in mind for my daughter in law’s jewelry box. New discipline for me! BTW we are from Boston originally, now in AZ.

Joe in DE, the purpose for the round pegs was originally to fill some small holes that were in the wood, but i expanded it to put 8 holes and pegs for the twins ( 8 yrs) and 7 for the little one. I hope they observe it and ask me as well.

Scrappy, thanks. The tags came from having 3 little granddaughters who MUST have a differentiator. The material for the tags was cut a while ago as test cuts on some older mesquite. When i was trying to come up with a way to differentiate the boxes for the girls, this seemed the most natural way to do it.

Mike in Norway, thanks too. the inlay was shown in tha same book, and i had some purpleheart left from the cutting boards, so used it. The jig to do them is straight-forward, but you’ve got to really watch the depth of cut. I made the more complex (and useful) jig from the book in a later project, such that I’ll be able to use it for other boxes.

Thanks again, Everyone!

Merry Christmas!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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