Beads of Courage Box

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Project by Ries posted 09-22-2010 08:13 AM 3989 views 21 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made for a charity named “Beads of Courage”. Basically it is a charity for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. The patient gets a glass bead for every procedure they go through. The average bead collection is 1500 beads. They use the boxes to carry around their bead necklace.

It was my first attempt at box making. I had it on display at the store I work at part time and a customer got pissed at me when I wouldn’t sell it to her, even after I told her what it was for.

I made it from scrap wood around my shop. Walnut, Maple, Purpleheart. The wood hinges took longer to make than the rest of the box. Hopefully the next one will be better.

-- the life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 10:18 AM

Great box all the way around, color and attention to details. Love the hinges as well.

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

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 11:00 AM

Yup, looks good. I like the detail photos. And the wood hinges are nice. I’m going to have to try that. I have a tough time with the price of some of the brusso hinges, even though they are great, just seem expensive depending on what you get I guess. Regardless, the wood hinges are something of themselves that add to the piece.

Looks good and for a good cause.

-- Nathan Ward, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 11:57 AM

Hi Ries.

Nice job, and I love that you’re doing it for such a wonderful caise.

Did you tell the woman you’d make her a box of her own, custom made to her specs? The words “custom made” can work wonders with a potential customer.

I especially love those hinges. I never thought of laminating pieces like that instead of cutting slots in them. This one goes in my favorites file.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 09-22-2010 12:00 PM

Beautifull work!
The higes are not only beautiful, they are also clever, since they are laminated in layes, so the spaces come automaticly, and you get extra strenghts. Clever!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 12:06 PM

Well Done, my Friend!!
Nice wood, good proportions, and I like your hinges…
I never would have guessed this was your first!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 09-22-2010 12:16 PM

Those hinges are amazing!!!!

-- curious woodworker

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#7 posted 09-22-2010 12:51 PM

Beautiful box

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 09-22-2010 01:09 PM

May God bless you my friend, the child that recieves this will never forget your wonderful gift.
Beautiful box !! Welcome to LJs.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#9 posted 09-22-2010 01:28 PM

Hi there, welcome to LJs :)
Your box is wonderful, the hinges are killer. Thanks for sharing the good karma :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#10 posted 09-22-2010 01:47 PM


Stunning box, and your first one, i would never believe it!!

What is the thickness of the wood you used and how did you attach the bottom of the box?

-- Mike, Florida,

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#11 posted 09-22-2010 01:49 PM

Lovely box, handsome hinges.

Your hinge picture has pointed out something that should have been obvious to me, the fingers only have to be rounded on one side. Doh! Clever laminating them as well.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 09-22-2010 02:31 PM

I have always been a sucker for a well built beautiful box. When you throw in such a noble cause as to what this was created for… Well, that makes it truly special.

Well done Ries!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 09-22-2010 02:35 PM

That’s a very nice box and you have done a wonderful job on it. I think that the style is unusual and I like the different woods and their colors. You have also paid a lot of extra attention to the details. It’s a great box!!!!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 09-22-2010 03:19 PM

Extremely nice. I love the hinges and the fact that it is for such a worthy cause.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#15 posted 09-22-2010 04:16 PM

I have to agree …a beautiful box with some great hinges and most importantly…for a great cause

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