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Project by drewpy posted 02-25-2018 01:48 PM 773 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for a very special young ladies 8th birthday. Purple is her favorite color and she loves seashells. I thought I would combine the two and make her a little treasure box.

It’s Ash and Purpleheart.

I finished it with General Finishes High Performance Water Based Topcoat to keep the natural color of the wood.

The clasp was purchased from Rockler.

She can keep bigger treasures in the bottom and I added a tray for the smaller special things.

I gathered small shells from the beach and used Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy to make the lid. This was my first time using casting epoxy and it went pretty well. The starfish and sand dollars kept creating bubbles and I would hit them with my Crème Brulee torch so they would pop. There came a time I just had to let the bubbles be because of it setting. I think it added “Ocean Bubbles”.

I put some Hatchables and Shopkins in there and wrapped it up.

Happy Birthday Claire!

Love, Uncle Drew

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





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majuvla

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#1 posted 02-25-2018 01:54 PM

Indeed that purple wood looks awesome. Beautiful and very original idea with sea shells top and epoxy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-25-2018 02:50 PM

Every young lady needs a treasure box and this one will be something she will keep her whole life with all of the wonderful items and memories. Well done!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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BB1

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#3 posted 02-25-2018 03:44 PM

Wow, this is such a great gift. Very thoughtful details.

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Kelster58

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#4 posted 02-25-2018 04:48 PM

That is way cool…...She has a real treasure there. GREAT job!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#5 posted 02-25-2018 04:57 PM

Sure to become a treasured heirloom filled with happy memories. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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Jerry

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#6 posted 02-25-2018 06:11 PM

I know he’s going to love that!

-- 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. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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wcp

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#7 posted 02-25-2018 07:08 PM

Now that is a very special gift for that special little Girl. She will undoubtedly fill her Birthday box with many treasures in days and years to come. Great job on this special gift.

wcp

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#8 posted 02-25-2018 07:52 PM

This is a wonderful box and shows a lot of nice details and fine craftsmanship.

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

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

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#9 posted 02-25-2018 08:34 PM

Much deserving of a daily top 3. Really like the way you created the lid…great design Drew!

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#10 posted 02-25-2018 09:14 PM

Very creative and thoughtful. I’m sure she will treasure it forever!

-- Larry - Illinois

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drewpy

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#11 posted 02-25-2018 09:18 PM

Thanks everyone.

I made the size so that it could be converted to a recipe box when she grows older. Who knows if and written recipes will even exist then. haha

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

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 02-25-2018 11:14 PM

hey Drew,

The clasp was a nice upgrade. I looked at it and thought you’d made it. The customer will be pleased. LOL!

Boy are you out of touch, jewelry box…Oh Dah!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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drewpy

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#13 posted 02-26-2018 02:21 AM

You are right, Doc. A future jewelry box I’m sure.

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

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drewpy

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#14 posted 02-26-2018 02:29 AM

You are right, Doc. A future jewelry box I’m sure.

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

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#15 posted 02-26-2018 04:59 AM

Drew, projects for children are really fun to do. It lets you use your imagination, as you have here. While I am not sure what a hatchable and a shopkin are, I am sure you and Claire know what they are and what they do.

I really like the concept of seashells covered with epoxy. It is a great look and could be applied several ways. The image of the creme brulee torch as touch up tool is an interesting one. That is not a standard tool in too many shops (or even kitchens). But it sounds like the right tool for the job.

I like the look and fit of the splines and the rounding of the tops of the purpleheart dividing sections inside the box. I think I would have made the lid slightly deeper to allow for things to stick up out of the tray a bit further. I would suggest a stop chain for the lid. Eight-year-olds won’t be too careful and flipping back the lid will put a good deal of strain on the hinges you used. That said, this is a super project with several nicely incorporated ideas.

Thanks for sharing this with us. There are several great ideas here that could be applied to other boxes. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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