fraternal twin boxes

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Project by JoeinDE posted 01-25-2011 02:38 AM 1459 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As Christmas presents for my recently born twin niece and nephew, I decided to make a couple of similar, but not the same keepsake boxes. I obtained a bunch of 12×12 pieces of 3/4” maple-veneered ply from a friend at work who was going to throw them out (he works with them) and these were used as the sides and the base. Keyed miter joints were used for the corners. The keys on one are ebony and padauk – cocobolo on the other. The larger portion of the top is cherry on both with the smaller part walnut on one and hickory on the other. The edge-banding is yellow-heart veneer that was also going to be thrown out by my coworker. The molding is store-bought poplar. The finish is six coats of Zinsser shellac.

In a recent issue of Fine Woodworking, there was a short article on taking better pictures of your work. I employed some of the techniques discussed in that article and I think that the photos turned out quite well – better than some of my previous photographic efforts of my work.


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#1 posted 01-25-2011 02:51 AM

Very nice design and use of scrap wood.

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 02:55 AM

nice clean lines. The hinges are a nice touch


-- 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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#3 posted 01-25-2011 02:55 AM

great job, the boxes came out very nice. you just might want to run an iron over the sheet in the back, LOL ;)

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 12:43 AM

Well done. good photos, too. I like the idea of the hinged divided top. I can’t find on board to cover that wide an area… using two different and contrasting woods works well. They do make nice gifts.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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