Cindy's Memory Box

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Project by itsmic posted 03-31-2011 05:26 PM 2514 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone

This is the second Memory Box I have made, this one was a Christmas Gift to my Sweetheart Cindy, a bit late finishing the finish, but better late than never. It is a Rock Maple box with a book matched exotic wood veneer(waterfall Bubinga) panel lid trimmed in Blood wood, and a matching veneered floor. I used 5/16th” box joints with continuous wrap around side boards. This box has a 12” solid brass piano hinge and chains to support the lid. It’s dimensions are 14”W x 12”D x 5 1/2”H. The finish is natural stain, then three coats of clear poly, done one side at a time to let it settle flat.

The snow is still on the ground up here in Garland, ME so I took some pics out in the back yard, and also showed some of the pallets that some of my boxes come from, they look a lot different after they are made into a box, lols. Thanks in advance for looking and any comments or suggestions.

PS. Thanks to bigike for identifying the waterfall Bubinga

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#1 posted 03-31-2011 05:35 PM

Beautiful combination of woods and wonderful craftsmanship, Mic!

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

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#2 posted 03-31-2011 05:50 PM

Very nice, Cindy will be very happy with it (and you of course!)

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 03-31-2011 06:01 PM

I’m sure she loved it, nice work Mic

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 03-31-2011 06:13 PM

Very clean and elegant box Mic, love the wood combination also.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 03-31-2011 06:32 PM

Beautiful box, Mic. Good wood selection and some nice, tight finger (box) joints.

Yeh I remember snow. Think we had some a while back, lol.

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

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#6 posted 03-31-2011 06:51 PM

Handsome and elegant Mic. She would love it.

” better late than never”, been there done that, :-)

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 03-31-2011 07:00 PM

Very nice gift, box joints are nice and tight! Lid looks real nice as well.

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

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#8 posted 03-31-2011 07:33 PM

Fantastic looking box! I love the fact that you recycle pallets too.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#9 posted 03-31-2011 08:16 PM

Another Beauty!!!
I really favor the contrasting woods. Your box joint corners are “pro”.
Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 03-31-2011 08:58 PM

Nice as always Mic! Can’t wait to get mine!

BTW – how did you cut the long mortise for the hinge? Was that on your router?

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#11 posted 04-01-2011 12:10 AM

Charlie, Dez, Jim, Gene, Martyn, Fernando, Ken, Al, Ratchet, and Randy—Thank you very kindly for all your nice comments, and thanks to all who have taken a look see, I use every bit of kindness to move me forward and I try to put some of it into every box or project I make.
@ Randy- Thanks for Your interest, the mortise was a tricky one, cut with a router, but was tricky because the hinge was just about 1/16th shy of the width I really needed, so, I had to leave that much left, if the cut had any problem, it would have been very noticeable, luckily, it went OK, thanks for asking.

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 04-01-2011 02:03 AM

Nicely done. I just received my order of decorative veneer so I can do a very similar box. Thanks for posting. It will be the gift of many happy returns.

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

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#13 posted 04-01-2011 02:38 AM

i love boxes and making them for special people in my life
looks like you do too
nice looking box and good thougts
well done and will be appreciated
you are on the right road buddy keep it up

enjoy life and share


-- Kiefer 松

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#14 posted 04-01-2011 07:35 AM


-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#15 posted 04-01-2011 08:22 PM

Beautiful work and beautiful box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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