Keepsake Box

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Project by Critterman posted 2405 days ago 1424 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my first real serious projects. Plan out of…I think Wood magazine. Made out of ash and stained with minwax cherry (I think) and topped with satin poly. the tile in the lid was very thick and very heavy. It definitely added heft to the box, but I think maybe a little too much. Anyway, not too bad for a rookie :>)

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#1 posted 2405 days ago

Top notch (for a rookie), just kidding…

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#2 posted 2405 days ago

Great job Jim. I also saw this in Wood magazine, and think it is a great looking keepsake box.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#3 posted 2405 days ago

That’s really pretty! What is that center panel? A painting or a tile of some sort?

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

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#4 posted 2405 days ago

Jim, you are off to a great start. Your box looks very nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 2405 days ago

Great box. Great job. and heavy is good it keeps crooks from getting it past the front door.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#6 posted 2405 days ago

Looks like a keeper to me.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 2405 days ago

Good work. Nice tight miters, the feet are cool, too.

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#8 posted 2405 days ago

Thanks everybody, I geatly appreciate you kind words.

Charlie: The center is a hand painted ceramic tile and that sucker is thick and heavy. It is very pretty though. If I do another one I think I’d try to find a thinner lighter tile, as this one made the lid very heavy. Wouldn’t want a real young person to have this box as fingers might get pinched. You can get the kit (hinges, tile, etc) from the wood magazine site, they have a few different tiles too.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 2403 days ago

beautiful box…. the heaviness can be one of its many unique features that makes it special.. “intriguing”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 2270 days ago

That’s one really fine piece of workmanship. Something to be proud of for sure!

-- --Chuck

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#11 posted 1917 days ago

Good work! I like the combination of Minwax cherry stain on ash with a satin poly finish. I used the same combination on a solid ash bookcase that I am going to post soon and I like the way it looks.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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