Keepsake Box #2

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Project by Maveric777 posted 05-20-2010 01:21 AM 2994 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 01:29 AM

WOW Dan, more impresive with each one- and I love the way you let the wood “talk” to you…Non LJs think im insane i think when I say The wood told me it was a box for you or a table or clock etc….

-- Chris From Maryland, If it aint broke, You havent tried fixin it yet...

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#2 posted 05-20-2010 02:05 AM

That’s awesome! Your friend is fortunate to have friends like You!

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 02:22 AM

Lots to like about this box!

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

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 03:10 AM

A winner very cool

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 04:10 AM

It’s beautiful and I really like the wooden hinges. I have been wanting to try a set for a while. How were they do make?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 05:07 AM

WOW! I really like this.

I’ve done similar wooden hinges in the past (but not as good). For me, it is a special accomplishment when I make something that does not have a speck of metal in it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 05:52 AM

Very nice.

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 06:43 AM

very nice project… the hinges are perfect…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 05-20-2010 07:22 AM

A beautiful box and the story about it. The color of the felt is very appropriate. The wooden hinges are superb.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 05-20-2010 08:12 AM

Dan the Man…That is just about it… you dun reel gud…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 05-20-2010 11:27 AM

One of the best on here very well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 05-20-2010 12:41 PM

Dan..this is quite the box. The design, the making and all the way through the story behind it. Absolutely beautiful job on this. Your hinges turned out great! Did you inlay maple into the edges of the cherry lid? The contrast is nice. I can only imagine the scene when you presented her with the box…that is a tear causing event. Well…just beautiful Dan. Keep them coming!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#13 posted 05-20-2010 01:27 PM

Excellent build. The wooden hinges make that box. The story behind it makes it memorable.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#14 posted 05-20-2010 02:09 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I had a blast building this one and got an opportunity to try all kinds of new techniques. Some worked… some didn’t …lol

Jeff – Yea, I wanted to break up the the lid a smidgen so I gave inlay a shot. It was my first attempt at it and parts of it looks better than others…lol

Rich – I totally agree with your feeling about seeing no metal on a box. I don’t know why I feel that way, but for some projects I don’t want any seen. Maybe its the fact that I am a mechanic by trade and seen enough metal to last me a life time…lol

Mike – I keep saying I am going to try and throw a little blog up on how I made my hinges, but seem to forget about it when I’m in the shop. I am sure there are much better ways to do them than the way I come about them. I will really try to get something going.

I will be totally honest about the hinges. I have made two sets (OK working sets… I have attempted “Many” more than two sets….lol) and both times I did them slightly different. In fact my next set I am going to try something different yet again. I do need to thank Jeff again for showing me a cool little jig that helps make the curves perfect (or mat least mine where close to it…lol). That is a staple I will keep for sure. I have a special request for a set of hinges from a very good friend and may try to make a blog with it. Think that would be pretty cool..

Thanks again everyone. Now to try and not let my head roll off my shoulders from it getting so big…lol

Thanks again

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 05-20-2010 02:16 PM

Excellent job Dan She will be very proud of that I know.

I for one would like to see you do a blog about the hinges.

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