Keepsake box for my son's 18th Birthday

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This a small keepsake box I made for my son’s 18th Birthday.

The top is Ancient Kauri, the base and sides are Hard Maple.

The Kauri has been sanded to 2000 grit then finished with Arm-R-Seal Urethane.
I can say that until I sanded to 1200 I really did not see the true beauty of this wood.
the pictures do not show all of the beauty of the grain!!

This is how the company that imports the Kauri describes it. •Every tree grew for at least 1,200 years •Preserved underground for 50,000 years •Every board is certified and guaranteed •Ancient Kauri is the oldest workable timber on Earth

Sanding: Plan to spend extra time sanding. While sanding to a 600 grit will suffice, the most intense color, depth, grain, and iridescent qualities come through with very fine sanding, 1200 grit. Extra effort gives extra rewards.

The sides have been ebonized with India Ink, before being finished with Arm-R-Seal Urethane.

-- Imagination is more important than knowledge! - Einstein

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#1 posted 1658 days ago

Nice gift and good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1658 days ago

A beautiful box and wonderful gift.

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

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#3 posted 1658 days ago

great way to say ,

’ love you son ’ !

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 1658 days ago

simple and elegant, very nice. just curious, why all the way to 2000 grit?

-- Good energy perpetuates good energy!

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#5 posted 1658 days ago

looks good man

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#6 posted 1658 days ago

Nice shape on the sides. The finish looks almost like ebony.

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#7 posted 1657 days ago

I really like the simplicity of the box.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#8 posted 1657 days ago

very nice work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 1657 days ago

Beautiful box design and construction. I’ve wondered what that wood looked like. Thanks for giving us a little insight into it.

-- Dave O.

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#10 posted 1657 days ago

great gift – i’m sure he’ll have it a long time

-- -erik & christy-

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#11 posted 1654 days ago

Very cool box – I especially like the profile on the side pieces. A great gift.

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#12 posted 1260 days ago

Lucky boy,

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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