Christmas Palm Box by Inspiration

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Project by Max posted 12-25-2010 10:33 PM 2998 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I saw the palm boxes that Andy had made a light bulb turned on in my head (and that takes some doin). There is a story (of course) that needs to be told as to why the light went off in my head. Ya see my wife takes her watch off and sits it on something somewhere in the house when she gets home from work. The next morning when she goes to work it is always “Have you seen my watch?” So when I saw the boxes that Andy had made, I thought “Oh a box for the watch”.

It is made from some Quarter Sawn White Oak that is left over from the clocks and frames that I make as well as a piece of walnut for the top. The front had some bark inclusion and a knot that to me looked like a flower and stem. I inlaid some gold glass with CA glue and then finished with spray lacquer. The lid fit is not near as good as I would have liked (as I am sure you can see) but didn’t have time to make another, and besides she really likes it. I lined the inside with stick on felt. You will notice some brass pins in the front corners of the box also. Shall we say this was a design modification (I am sure you can figure that one out!!) I also included a note to put inside the box that I thought you might enjoy and have included it below.

A Custom Crafted Watch Box for the Watch

A Box for your watch to watch your watch while your watch is not being a watch.

A place to place your watch when your watch is not on your wrist being a watch.

Your challenge now is to put the watch in the box for the watch when the watch is not being a watch on the wrist for the watch. And of course remembering that you put the watch in the box for the watch so you will know where the watch is when you need to put the watch on the wrist that’s for the watch…..

But then again you need to remember where you put the box for the watch with the watch that should be inside the box for the watch!!!!

Thanks as always for looking and thank you to Andy for the blog…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 11:20 PM

Very nice box, Max! I’m sure it will be treasured by your wife for many years to come.

Merry Christmas!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 11:24 PM

I especially like the way you integrated the glass design with the figure on the front.

well done – no wonder she likes it – good card as well

All the best


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#3 posted 12-25-2010 11:26 PM

What a nice little box and a nice little story.

I made a few of these this year and gave them away. In fact one of them was to my son who always looses his keys in much the same way as your wife and her time piece. Maybe his box can watch his keys…...


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 11:31 PM

Max: A great box and a very good story to go with it.

I didn’t have the problem with the pins as of yet, but I’m sure that it is coming.

So far I haven’t put the finger cutout notch in any place but the middle of the front, but I’m expecting that to occur also at some time.

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

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 11:43 PM

Tom, Thank you very much for the kind words and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Don, Nature provided a very nice design in the wood, I just tried to enhance it. Thank you.

Steve, I appreciate the compliment, I bet it can watch key’s just like a watch….

Karson, Thanks for the compliment, As I said a design change on the fly!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 12-26-2010 02:23 AM

First of all Merry Christmas. Now to the important stuff. Nicely done. You are right, looks just like a flower. I am sure Clair will put it to good use. Clever little note. I am not near that imaginative. But I have put a palm box on my to do list.

Have a BLESSED week.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 12-26-2010 02:31 AM

Real nice box Max, hope it helps out your wife. I’m that way with my pants in the morning.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 12-26-2010 02:32 AM

I really like the inlay. I also had some problem with the hinge pins, I,m working thru them now. Looks great.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#9 posted 12-26-2010 03:01 AM

Great Box, Great story and Great Work!
Thanks for sharing, I had a great laugh when I read the note you wrote.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 12-26-2010 03:59 AM

John, Merry Christmas to you and Linda. Thank you for the compliment.

Mike, Thanks, I hope it helps too. Your going to have to make a bigger box for your pants I’m afraid…

Paul, Thanks for the compliment, watch out for those hinge pins #$%@&

Robert, I appreciate the compliment on both the box and the note.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#11 posted 12-26-2010 04:09 AM

I just do not know what to say, other than, great story and box

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 12-26-2010 04:39 AM

Thanks Norman I really appreciate the compliment…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 12-26-2010 04:46 AM

What a Great Project! Oh, and a Great Story to boot…..

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 12-26-2010 04:51 AM

Chuck, Thank you so much for the kind words.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#15 posted 02-04-2011 06:19 PM

Beautiful! For years I had the same problem (forgetting where my watch was). I finally broke down and bought a watch display box. I didn’t even think about making my own box. Now you’ve got me thinking…....

-- Ben, Craft Supplies USA

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