Keepsake Boxes

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Project by FlushTrimBit posted 09-03-2016 10:02 PM 1017 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these keepsake boxes for my twin teenage nieces for a special occasion. They are maple/walnut and maple/purpleheart. I’ve never worked with purpleheart before. Holy Moley, it’s dense and hard! Once I got to the interior pieces of purpleheart, they were brown, so after some Internet researching about purpleheart and UV light, I set them in the sun to recharge the purple. :)

First I cut all the pieces when the fence in the same position. After cutting the miter corners, I lined the boxes up for a dry fit before gluing. The miters on this box for my first go-around for my daughter were atrocious. I purchased the Bessey miter clamp with angle plates which made squaring them up SO much better. I rebuilt my spline jig, using Jack Houweling as a guide.

Using my Abranet sanding pads on my Bosch ROS, starting at 80 and proceeding through 320, I was able to get the surfaces glass smooth. I applied 3 coats of natural plain Watco Danish Oil and then finished with Spray Lacquer that hopefully Steve Ramsey would be proud of. I sanded at 400 and finally at 600 between the finishing layers. I drilled pilot holes for the hinges and put self adhesive green felt inside.

This is my 2nd project ever, so it’s definitely not perfect, but I’ve made tremendous improvements over the 1st time. I hope the girls like the boxes!

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#1 posted 09-03-2016 11:42 PM

Your nieces are going to love those boxes. I know what you mean about purpleheart. My first experience was last year. I was just like you, Wow is that stuff dense and hard.

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 08:58 PM

These boxes look very nice.

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#3 posted 09-07-2016 02:44 AM

Nice job!

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