Purpleheart keepsake box

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Project by Gerald Miller posted 01-10-2008 03:11 PM 1641 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is another grandaughter’s christmas gift. The miter keys are maple.

-- Jerry Miller

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#1 posted 01-10-2008 03:33 PM

I like working with purpleheart. The keys look good.

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#2 posted 01-10-2008 03:47 PM

I’ve worked with purpleheart also. I made a jewelry box and a wall shelf for my daughter years ago. Such pretty wood. You did a good job and I’m sure your grandaughter loves her gift.


-- Mark

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#3 posted 01-10-2008 04:03 PM

Nice box.

-- Jiri

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#4 posted 01-10-2008 05:42 PM

Great looking box! I love purpleheart, too. Tough on blades, but easy on the eye. Love them keys.
What are they made of? What finish did you use?

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#5 posted 01-10-2008 06:07 PM

The bevel on the bottom is a very nice touch.

-- Marge, Colorado

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#6 posted 01-10-2008 06:32 PM

Gotta find me some of that purpleheart.

Nice job!

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

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#7 posted 01-10-2008 06:49 PM

Great job! I have some purple heart just waiting for a project.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Gerald Miller

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#8 posted 01-10-2008 09:06 PM

I used Minwac clear with two coats of paste wax. I like the color of the purpleheart but after resawing it was a chocolate color so I “hid” it with felt on the inside of the box. I think the keys are maple.

-- Jerry Miller

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#9 posted 01-10-2008 09:27 PM

Another real nice one, great wood.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 01-10-2008 09:55 PM


Great present. Lucky grand daughter.

Very nice;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 01-11-2008 06:47 AM

Looks good to me – that purple heart will only get better looking with time. Could be a National Champions Box if you had some yellow heart instead of the maple – Geaux LSU Tigers (Purple & Gold).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 01-11-2008 08:50 PM

Two of my favorite woods. Beautiful gift, Mark DeCou gave me some advice once, and it was excellent. He told me to write something mushy on the bottom of the chest I made for my daughter, and when she read it, we both cried like little girls. But it was very meaningful and will be something for her to remember me by forever. mike

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

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Gerald Miller

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#13 posted 01-11-2008 11:51 PM

I wrote a little bit on the bottom also. After opening this gift my 4 year-old grandaughter (purple being her faverite color) climbed in my lap (on Christmas day no lessa) and sat for over an hour. She kept looking up and smiling at me. I’ll remember that forever.

-- Jerry Miller

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