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Keepsake box, First retirement project

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 03-19-2017 11:40 PM 1779 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During one of my last shifts at work a co-worker asked for a keepsake box for him and his wife. He chose my medals box style but wanted it modified for family pictures in the front instead of medals. The front panel pulls out from the inside in order to place the photographs. I also added a lift out tray. The box is made from pine and stained provincial, three coats of gloss polyurethane. The tray is made from poplar and sealed with gloss poly also. The front has a locked in piece of plexiglass. All the lettering was done by hand with a dremel router. I’m hoping this is the first of many projects keeping me busy during retirement. Thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 03-20-2017 01:01 AM

Nicely done, nicely lettered too. The lettering is much trickier than it looks for those who have not done it. The bits want to follow the grain, not your direction.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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jeffswildwood

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 01:23 AM

Thanks ralbuck! I agree about the lettering, crossing the grain is tricky. I just go slow. Thanks for the comment and looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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Vicki

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 01:44 AM

I love it! Very nice work!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 01:47 AM

Great way to start retirement Jeff by working on a project. Nice job. I tried that lettering again the other day and still have a way to go.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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luv2learn

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 01:59 AM

Congratulations on your retirement Jeff. I can tell you put a lot of thought into this box design. The result is a beautiful keepsake box.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Bobsboxes

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 02:32 AM

Congrats on retirement, great box.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 03-20-2017 07:27 AM

Pretty cool box and wonderful Dremel work on leters. I’m sure from now, you will have planty of time for woodworking – I envy you on that only.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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MontanaBob

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#8 posted 03-20-2017 11:14 AM

Outstanding….

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 11:55 AM

Thanks for all the comments everyone. I appreciate them This really was a fun box to do. I have changed the design over time, before I used an abundance of kreg screws. Now it is glued and pinned with dowels for strength. Thanks all for looking.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 03-20-2017 02:28 PM

Jeff, this is a very nice box and is beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#11 posted 03-20-2017 02:34 PM

looks great have a good retirement

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jeffswildwood

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#12 posted 03-20-2017 03:03 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I’m hoping I get plenty more custom orders to keep me busy.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 03-20-2017 11:24 PM

Charming little box – love it

-- Greg Simon

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#14 posted 03-23-2017 01:43 AM

Great work, I am sure it will be viewed often

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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