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Project by jeffswildwood posted 05-01-2018 01:26 PM 696 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my my entry in the 2018 box swap. This one went to LJ. Tomgrin. When I first signed up I had a really hard time thinking of a new design for a swap box. I began to think back on the boxes that have been my most favorite and best sellers. First was my keepsake chest:

This was an original design that evolved to this box:

I also had been making another style that went over very well and evolved to this box for my Wife:

So I thought, what would happen if I combined the two styles into one box. I had to give it a try. I started with maple blocks and attached them to walnut. I rabbeted out each block and the the walnut in order to add something in the blank spots. I have some old copper mirrors and tried my hand at cutting glass. I actually caught on pretty quick and in no time had the mirrors. For the corners I chose cherry from some planed barn wood I had. Just has a nice tone to it. When I did the test fit I was delighted with the results. The mirrors gave it an illusion of depth. I lined the inside with 1/4 oak. I fought the urge to glue them in with the thoughts of should anything happen to the mirrors, they could not be changed. They are in so tight the will not slip out. For the lid I chose to use the wood from the body to highlight it. Strips of walnut, maple and cherry. I chose to line the tray in a pattern to match the lid. The finish is sanded to 320 grit and sealed with several coat of a mix of danish oil and polyurethane, 50/50.

This was a fun project and I really like the way it came out. I actually have completed another like it for an order. As soon as she saw it she wanted one for a wedding gift!

I’d like to thank Dave for running the swap and always, thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".





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#1 posted 05-01-2018 01:43 PM

Well Done Jeff, Well Done!

-- Tim

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#2 posted 05-01-2018 01:59 PM

Excellent job as always Jeff. This will be top three in no time!

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#3 posted 05-01-2018 02:07 PM

Excellent work Jeff! I love the mirrored panels and the cut corners. Great wood choices too. Definitely a box to be proud of!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 05-01-2018 02:15 PM

A lot of nice ideas and variations there.

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#5 posted 05-01-2018 02:29 PM

Awesome detail and use of various wood species. Nicely crafted.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 05-01-2018 02:34 PM

Excellent work, Jeff. Yours was one of the ones it was hard not to go on about after seeing the progress pictures. Nice work, and a unique approach!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 05-01-2018 03:01 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys. I appreciate them. I really love making boxes and had a great time in this swap. A great place to try new styles!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 05-01-2018 03:20 PM

Thanks again for the box. It looks great on my night stand.

-- Lets make some sawdust. Tom

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#9 posted 05-01-2018 04:12 PM

Ok now you’re just showing off! And with those boxes I would too! awesome job Jeff.

-- Gary, Texas

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#10 posted 05-01-2018 04:17 PM

Awesome work Jeff. I love all the species used.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#11 posted 05-01-2018 04:17 PM

Tom, I am really glad you liked it! Gary, thanks buddy! As I said, making boxes are my favorite projects!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 05-01-2018 04:34 PM

Good looking box Jeff. I was trying to figure out what species of wood the indent sections were, then I realized they were mirrors. Walnut, maple, and cherry, my favorite woods.

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

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#13 posted 05-01-2018 04:39 PM

That is amazing! You have a great talent for boxes.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#14 posted 05-01-2018 05:08 PM

Very beautiful work sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 05-01-2018 05:29 PM

Thanks guys! This box also gives an illusion. Whatever you sat it on it reflects. Gives an effect like you can see through it.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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