Keepsake Box

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Project by DaveTPilot posted 12-24-2010 05:48 PM 1468 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of several keepsake boxes I plan to make for Christmas gifts. The secret locking pin, although not that difficult, really showcases your skills.
The top is cherry with purple heart accent corners. The bottom is hard maple. You can make the top and bottom from the same species but I like the contrast to detail the sliding dovetail joint.
The design on the top was made using the Router Design Inlay Kit by Milescraft. I painted the design with black acrylic paint using a small brush. Sanding with 220 grit cleans up any paint you get out of the lines. A quick shot of compressed air and the design pops!
Be sure to sand the top with the corners in place up to 180 or 220 before cutting the design.
I used Arm-R-Seal gloss for the finish.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 06:02 PM

That’s really something Dave.
Those will make great Christmas gifts.
Nice work.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 06:38 PM

I like it. Very pretty.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 08:27 PM

very kool. nice project.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 11:13 PM


-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 11:50 PM

Very clever and unique box, the lid is well done, great job.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 12-25-2010 12:58 AM

Really nice box. I like the dovetail access scheme as well as the routed pattern. Think I will have to try one of those templates. From the Milescraft website it looks much like a “spyrograph” system which I remember from when I was a kid for drawing patterms with pens (maybe that was an England only reference??). Merry Christmas.

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#7 posted 12-28-2010 05:20 PM

@Jersey…I remember those toys. I thought the exact same thing when I bought the kit. In fact, when I made the purchase, it was 2 separate kits, Inlay Kit and Spirocrafter Kit. They were on closeout at Woodcraft for like 50% off! They are now combined into one kit.

On a side note, I melted one of my bushings making an inlay. It was user error. I was trying to cut a 1/4” piece of purple heart in one pass…doh! Anyway, I emailed Milescraft and explained what happened. They sent me a replacement at no cost, which arrived in the mail 2 days later!

Great company!

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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