family keep sake box-tree of life

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Project by grizzman posted 09-08-2010 07:46 PM 2047 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Keep Sake Box I have made for a wonderful friend and church leader, he has been more then kind and loving and is a wonderful man and a friend to me since Ive lived here in Alabama. This box is made of quite a few woods. Oak, Walnut, Padauk, Dogwood, Red Cedar, Bubinga, and Red Bud, My rendition of the tree of life is on the top of the box, there are 50 pieces that were cut at a 45 degree angle and glued up with a strip of walnut in between each strip, and the fruit on the tree is made of dogwood, dogwood is a wonderful hard wood and a very white wood, which was perfect for this particular project. The joinery is dovetail and the top is glued together with the use of biscuits. The inside of the box has walnut on the sides with a piece of padauk in each corner and the bottom of the box is Red Cedar, that is held in place with a 3/4 inch datto. The legs on the box are pieces of Red Bud, its a tree that grows here in Alabama and has a beautiful grain pattern to it, and i have just a small amount of this as it came from a fallen branch here at my home. The box is sealed with 4 coats of polyurethane . I will be giving this gift to my friend this Thursday and then it can settle into its new home, thanks for looking and I love your comments. Grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 07:52 PM

And don’t YOU just make beautiful woodworking projects, Mr. (clean-shaven, short-haired) GrizzMan ?!?

The stories, the design, the sentiment, and the handiwork behind them … always makes them about two points MORE special, in MY book :-)

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 09-08-2010 07:59 PM

This is absolutely beautiful! The story behind the box and the wood is also so nice. I am so glad you took pictures of all the sides and the inside too. It is so pretty! I have never seen dogwood available here or the red bud you spoke of. They certainly add to the beauty of this box. Really, really nice!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 08:00 PM

great box … a lot of detail and love into this one

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 08:08 PM

Very nice! That cedar is really pretty too.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 08:11 PM

Grreat looking box there griz….............still can’t get used to see our smilimng face without all the hair….......

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#6 posted 09-08-2010 08:39 PM

to sawjustjunky believe me its there in spirit…i will always be the grizzman in heart…who knows…someday it might return…maybe when its all white….lol…thanks folks for the wonderful comments…your my wonderful support and inspire me to do more wood working….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 09-08-2010 09:08 PM

Great Box Grizz!! You really put alot of thought into this and it shows ...Your friend will love this.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#8 posted 09-08-2010 09:09 PM

Keep up the good work Grizzman!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#9 posted 09-08-2010 10:08 PM

This is a very typical Grizz box… I would know it was made by you just by looking…you have your own unique style..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 09-08-2010 10:37 PM

WOW Griz! That’s really creative. Lots of relative meaning. Cool design, well done…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 09-08-2010 11:04 PM

Hey Grizz, another great box. I admire everything you put into your projects.

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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#12 posted 09-08-2010 11:10 PM

Hey Grizz;

Another great Grizz project.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 09-08-2010 11:31 PM

Wonderful job, great looking box.

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#14 posted 09-08-2010 11:48 PM

A special gift for a special friend. It don’t get any better than that. Beautifully done! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 09-09-2010 12:15 AM

Very nice looking box and great story. I love how you did the tree!

-- Janice

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