Diary Box

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Project by SRead posted 05-05-2010 03:39 AM 1835 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’ve spent a good week looking at one amazing project after another and part of me doesn’t really want to post this. Honestly, if I ever get a fraction as good as so many of you, I’ll be a happy man! But I figure if I’m going to pester you with rookie questions, I’m going to have to bite the bullet and join in. So, here goes….

This project started shortly before my daughter’s seventh birthday. She wanted a diary, but one with a lock. But we could only find a couple and they were pretty crummy, compared with so many “journal” type books—but those lacked locks. So I hiked up my trousers and told my wife we could get her a nice writing book and I’d whip out a crude box with a lock in no time. No kidding, I was really thinking some ply, or maybe pine, and a cheapo lock hasp from the Depot. The only problem was, well, making something for somebody gives you time to think about what they mean to you. And my little gal owns my heart (except for the portions claimed by my boys!), which got me thinking…and, thus, the heart.

It took a heck of a lot longer than I’d promised my wife and it’s far, far from perfect, but it opens and closes and has a lock—and she still loves it. Good enough for me!

I used what I had on hand—box is cherry, heart inlay is bloodwood, top border (not inlays) is walnut, maple, and bloodwood. Oh, and check out that handmade tassel—my first (and last)! :-) Thanks for looking and I very much welcome any suggestions or constructive criticism!

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#1 posted 05-05-2010 03:52 AM

saweeeeeeeeeeeet box, i love that inlay. Please do a blog about how it’s done? ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 05-05-2010 03:52 AM

There is nothing rookie about this project. I’m sure your daughter will cherish it for years to come. Nice job Dad.

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#3 posted 05-05-2010 04:06 AM

Looks perfect to me! Excellent inlay work. Love the design!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 05-05-2010 04:15 AM

That’s incredible. The inlay is outstanding! It’s sure to be something she’ll cherish forever. Maybe even pass on to her daughter :)

-- What? Me worry?!

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 04:45 AM

Are you kidding me??
That box is fantastic!
You did an absolutely wonderful job and you must remember that 99.9% of the time, the little imperfections you fret over as a woodworker are only ever noticed by you anyway! Looks to me like you did outstandingly well on the inlay. Not easy to do!
I’m sure your little girl will love this box and cherish it forever.
Congrats. A really really well done project. You should be as proud of yourself as your little girl surely is of you.

Ryan (who rarely comments on projects on this forum, except the really really nice ones! :) )
p.s. added to my favorites as a future idea for my little girl.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 05:32 AM

that’s a nice box

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 05:35 AM

I’m still looking for the “rookie” part ??????

This is a fantastic box that was made with a beautiful wood combination, skill and most of all….. alot of “heart”!
That inlay is FAAAAAANTASTIC !

I agree, your daughter will “cherish” this for the rest of her life, after all, her wonderful “Dad” made it for her!

BTW, I have a daughter that I feel the same way about, she’s got my heart also…......

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 05:38 AM

wow weeee that’s a heck of a great box really like the inlay and design.

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 05:52 AM

Very nice box. You don’t stand in the back row thats for sure!

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#10 posted 05-05-2010 06:08 AM

You should be proud of that box…as proud as your daughter is of it. Nothing better than being creative and having fun doing it…

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#11 posted 05-05-2010 06:16 AM

Nice work!! Welcome to LJ

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 05-05-2010 07:39 AM

Awesome box. Your granddaughter’s child will cherish it.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#13 posted 05-05-2010 08:21 AM

Fantastic! This is NOT the work of an amateur! Outstanding in all aspects. Great inlay, Great wood combos, Nice tight joints, the list goes on and on. I am sure this box will be a keepsake for many many years to come.

Keep up the outstanding work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#14 posted 05-05-2010 10:07 AM

Great looking box! You did a beautiful job on it. Great Dad! Your daughter will have this for the rest of her life. I do not see where you think this is not a quality piece.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 05-05-2010 10:34 AM

You get #1 Dad award !

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