Walnut and Ambrosia Maple Keepsake Box For My Son

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Project by Duder22 posted 10-01-2016 12:47 AM 963 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 6 year old son asked if we could build a box for him to put all of his important stuff in so we jumped right at it. Of course we had to go and pick out special wood for a special box because nothing in the shop was up to such an important task. After much deliberation and talking him away from the most expensive pieces in the store we came up with the combination of walnut and a cool piece of ambrosia maple with nice figuring for the top and bottom and maple keys. It measures 10×8x6 and finished with shellac. It already has an assortment of rocks, coins, baseball and Pokemon cards in it. It was so much fun to do this project with him and I hope he enjoys it for many years. Next up, one for his 3 yr old sister!

-- -Joe, If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane. -JB

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#1 posted 10-01-2016 01:03 AM

Very nice project…and those memories are priceless!

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#2 posted 10-01-2016 02:11 PM

nicely done.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 10-01-2016 06:21 PM

Great project and memory, in time, for your son. Hope you signed and dated it.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 10-01-2016 07:31 PM

Impressive build, which built impressive memories. I love projects such as this. I second signing and dating this beautiful box. I have the same wood selections put aside for several special projects waiting to happen, too.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#5 posted 10-02-2016 12:21 AM

Congrats on dad of the month award…and on a really beautiful box!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#6 posted 10-02-2016 02:01 AM

Great box, great classic wood combination! Projects for the son are some of my favorites.

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#7 posted 10-03-2016 06:31 AM

Joe, first the box itself. I like the grain in the top maple piece. It has lots of variety and color for maple. The walnut is also beautiful. As I have said before you have a real eye for the beauty of wood. No one can really teach you that. I like the corner splines, the finish, the proportions, and the fit. You might consider a chain or stop for the top, rounded corners, a finger lift of some sort, or a cloth liner.

As to the sentiment. Cherish every day that your children are yours. Making gifts for your children is a wonderful use of your talents. It is literally love on a stick. Wait until you get to make things for your grandchildren. It seems impossibly far away now, but years pass quicker all the time. At least they do for me.

Good luck on the box for your daughter. I am looking forward to seeing it. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 10-17-2016 01:57 AM

Great box, when I first saw it I thought it looked familiar.
Boxes for those you love are the best.
Sharing the build makes it even better.

-- Regards, Charlie

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