|Project by Maveric777||posted 05-20-2010 01:21 AM||2659 views||14 times favorited||21 comments|
Well, I finally finished up my second keepsake box yesterday. I have found I am fascinated with boxes, wooden hinges, and good reasons to make them. This box was built for a very sweet coworker of mine who recently lost her mother. After first hearing her mother was given a short time to live I had the idea to build a “Memory Box” (something for family members to write down fond memories of her mother and the box would be given to her). Alas I was to late. So I changed up the plan somewhat and just went with a keepsake instead. It broke my heart to see her go through this loss. Seeing the tears of joy and the smile on her face made every hour well worth it in my book.
The box is made of cherry and maple. I hand cut the hinges and used a dremel tool to carve all the curves in it. I build my “Miter Key Jig” and this was the first project I got to try it out on. I personally found making the jig was a lot easier than installing the splines….lol. (I learned some do’s and dont’s while ruining a box…). I had a local shop make the sign that reads….
”A Mother Holds Her Child’s Hand For A Short While, But Their Hearts Forever”
I used linseed oil and wipe on poly for the finish. Then ran up to the craft store an picked up some felt. My oldest daughter recommended black and I think she hit the nail on the head.
One last comment…. I have to give Triumph1 thanks again for inspiring me in creating this box. I am fascinated with his “Box Of Chocolates” and after I finished there is no doubt what I was thinking about while building this one….lol Thanks Jeff!
Thank you all for checking my second box. I enjoyed building it almost as much as I did giving it to its new owner.
-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.