Seahorse Box

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Project by drewpy posted 02-25-2017 12:55 AM 545 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently moved from Ohio to South Carolina and my dear friends wife was looking for a recipe box. They moved here two years ago and asked me if I still did woodworking. I said “if I can borrow your garage to work in I will make you one”. Well here is the finished product.

It’s oak to match their kitchen with walnut splines. It matches another box I gave here when they helped me move.

I added the measurement converter for her. Then I thought… heck, that would work to hold a magnet. The 105 degree stop hinge keeps the lid at the right angle and she can use the magnet to hold the card in place up high while she is baking. I added a matching pen so that it would be handy. The pen is also magnetic (I added one) to be tucked away in the lid when closed.

She loves seahorses so I had to get someone with a laser engraver to carve the seahorse for me. I wish I knew how to carve.

The last picture is before hiding the imperfections and applying the finish.

I finished it with three coats of poly.


-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 02-25-2017 03:16 AM

As a part time chef, I can certainly see the value and beauty in this. Well Done!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 02-25-2017 04:05 AM

That’s a fine made box Drew and I bet your friend will be thrilled with this lovely gift .
I you are still having trouble with hinges try Soss barrel hinges they work great for me .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 02-25-2017 03:24 PM

nice box

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#4 posted 02-25-2017 11:55 PM

This is a fine box and very creative and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 02-26-2017 12:59 AM

Well Done Drew!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 02-26-2017 05:45 AM

Beautiful box and very well organized recipes. Seahorse turned great, same result I would probably make burning wood since I don’t have laser.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 02-26-2017 12:37 PM

Thanks everyone. It was a fun project and it was nice to get back into the “shop”.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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