Keepsake Box

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Project by swampjack80 posted 01-05-2011 04:52 AM 1656 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first small box I’ve built. I built it for my 8-year-old niece for Christmas. The box is red oak w/ dark walnut stain, and the top and bottom are soft maple. The box is splined although you can hardly see the splines due to a “learning experience” that included me accidentally getting stain on the maple splines..woops! Next time I will be sure to use actual walnut instead of staining red oak, but I had to use what was available at the time, so oh well. Other than that I was pretty well pleased with the turnout and my niece seemed to enjoy it very much. I kidded my older brother that I will have to build her another one in a few years that includes a lock so she can stash her secret love letters away.. He didn’t seem to like that idea, haha.

-- "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." - Mark Twain

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 05:18 AM

Looks very nice! Well done.


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 05:36 AM

great job, the oak stained nicely.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 11:44 AM

Great job on the box I’m sure he loved it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 12:54 PM

This came out terrific, my Friend!! Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 02:11 PM

Wonderful box. I like the way the grain stands out and gives this box a unique look.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 02:18 PM

In spite of the error that you pointed out I think that it looks very nice and that you did a good job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 01-06-2011 04:09 AM

I can totally relate to using what you have available. I see some of these guys use all these exotic woods and I’m wondering where the heck they got them without paying and arm and leg for them. I’m just too dutch for that. I use what I have. Nice work. I’m sure your niece will treasure this more as she gets older. What a special gift.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 06:35 AM

Good stuff, A treasured keepsake box She will use for years to come ! Nice job.

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

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#9 posted 06-16-2012 11:02 PM

Super nice keepsake box. Really like the splines and the wood grains and combos. Nicely done.

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

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