Lillie's Box

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Project by Russ posted 1246 days ago 1264 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this project for my niece Lillie’s 4th birthday. I wanted to make her a box that could be a keepsake and gain some experience with box making. I purchased all of the wood at an estate sale for a couple of bucks. The box is made of African Mahogany and the legs are Honduran Rosewood. The design for the body and legs were taken from issue 202 (Jan/Dec 2010/2011) of Wood magazine. The top was of my own design. My awesome wife painted the Lily on top based on a tattoo my niece’s mother got after she was born. I finished the box with BLO and Minwax Polycrylic Gloss spray. First time using both products and I was very happy with the rich color given by the BLO and the quick application of the water based Polycrylic. I welcome all suggestions for improvement given I’m only in my second year doing woodworking.

-- Russ

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#1 posted 1246 days ago

Wow, that looks great. That mahogany is fantastic. What kind of paint did your wife use?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 1246 days ago

She used acrylic paint. I had done some research on painting over BLO prior to using it and this seemed to be a common suggestion.

-- Russ

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#3 posted 1246 days ago

Great job, buddy. You’re really coming along as a craftsman.

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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#4 posted 1246 days ago

And a cute kid.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#5 posted 1246 days ago

Lookks great and the smile says it all, she seems to love it! Which make it all worth it. Congrats.

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

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#6 posted 1246 days ago

when you can put a smile on some one face is all the payment one needs great job

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#7 posted 1246 days ago

Looks to me like you and your Mrs. did a great job on that, I think the young lady in the picture thinks so too. Nice job!!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#8 posted 1246 days ago

Nice job. She will cherish it for years to come.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 1245 days ago

Nice Job Russ and I’m sure she will treasure it. Thanks.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#10 posted 1245 days ago

best wishes

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#11 posted 1245 days ago

There is no way possible to get any cutier than that! Great job.

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

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#12 posted 1245 days ago

Nice looking box.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 1245 days ago

That’s a very nice box and it sure looks like Lillie thinks so too. Nice going.

-- 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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#14 posted 1245 days ago

She will remember that box for a very long time. How special you made here feel you can see it in her face. Keep up the great woodworking.

-- Billp

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#15 posted 1245 days ago

The box and that picture of her cradling it at that age will be a heirloom.

This reminds me of my favorite woodworking quote:

“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think…that a time is to come when those (heirlooms) will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.’ “

—John Ruskin. Audels Carpenters and Builders Guide, 1923 Theo Audel & CO. New York.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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