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Project by Aaron McCain posted 1290 days ago 2084 views 14 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make my son a small keepsake box for Christmas while practicing a few new techniques at the same time. I used a piece of curly maple for the lid, mahogany for the sides and wenge for the legs and tabs. I mitered the corners, used Andy’s brass pins for hinges, and had a little fun laminating thin strips of wood. I opted for legs rather than miters in the corners. I wanted to shape the lid a bit more, but didn’t make it thick enough. I made a few mistakes, some are obvious, but I enjoyed the learning process. I finished it off with multiple coats of Deft spray lacquer. It was well received, so I am happy!

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#1 posted 1290 days ago

And why shouldn’t You be happy, You have created a stunning,attention grabbing, conversational piece all in one beautiful looking box and You made someone close to You very happy as well I am quite sure ! Nice work.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 1290 days ago

really nice and unusual, a great present and keepsake.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#3 posted 1290 days ago

Sure is a winner.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 1290 days ago

Looking very good.

The stripes give a strong accent, lifting the overall look of the box. Oh and nice legs (the box I mean).

Any mistakes don’t make themselves that obvious.

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

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#5 posted 1290 days ago

There is a lot to like about this piece. Well done Aaron!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 1290 days ago

Very sharp looking box!
I like the colors and how you offset the handle.
Keep up the good work Aaron.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 1290 days ago

It’s a very nice design, and there are a lot of different techniques incorporated. I’m sure you learned a lot from building this one.

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

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#8 posted 1290 days ago

Kowabunga – I like this design. Have to keep this among my favorites.

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#9 posted 1290 days ago

Top notch box…I know your son will treaure it forever….as much as you treasure making it for him.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#10 posted 1290 days ago

Very nice. Mistakes are all part of the learning process. I am sure your son doesn’t notice them.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 1290 days ago

That is one nice box


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 1290 days ago

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 1290 days ago

Aaron, your giving Maveric777 a run for his money! LOL! Great looking box!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#14 posted 1290 days ago

Really nice Aaron. I liked the whole box design, and the offset lid handle and the way you did the stripes really enhance the look.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 1290 days ago

Deco meets the orient. Love it Aaron. Legs aren’t easy to deal with and you executed them masterfully. What a gem… nicely done.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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