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Walnut Keepsake Box with Inlayed Hard Maple Initials

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Project by HughReeves posted 1161 days ago 1561 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I built for my brand new baby nephew (born May 1, 2011). He is the first child of my only brother and I wanted to do something special. I discovered woodworking about 6 months ago and this is my first real project.

The box was made from some short walnut scraps sold on sale at my lumberyard. I think if I had had a little more experience, I would have chosen different (likely straighter) grain for the sides of the box. The dovetails are handcut with a super cheap saw and my homemade 1:8 dovetail marking gauge. I took full advantage of the sawdust/glue combo to hide gaps. Actually, after doing the inlay and seeing how wood-like the gaps were after adding a drop of CA glue, I did this for all the sawdust-filled gaps around my dovetails. It made for a LOT of CA glue sanding, but I thought it looked better afterwards. The top is two pieces glued together then run through my planer. I tried to slide my boards around to find color and grain pattern that looked relatively matched. The bottom is attached by brad nails and features wedged through-tenon feet that are pretty much a straight rip-off of Rob Bois’ Bible-box project (which this project was obviously heavily influenced by). The hinges were bought at my local woodcraft. The inlay was cut out of hard maple using a cheap Ryobi scroll saw. Finish is BLO followed by a few coats of pastewax buffed to shine.

This box was incredibly fun to build and a MAJOR learning opportunity for me. I made several mistakes most of which I think I was able to conceal, but you can be the judge. Thank you to all the LJ out there for this amazing community. I draw a great deal of inspiration from the projects I see on this site.





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 1160 days ago

Great job, love the color and the inlay looks great. One to be proud of no doubt!

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

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Eagle1

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#2 posted 1160 days ago

Beautiful box.

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

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Gpops

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#3 posted 1160 days ago

You started woodworking 6 months ago? Wow, I am impressed. Great job. Looking forward to your next project. Don’t forget to sign and date it on the bottom for future generations.

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majeagle1

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#4 posted 1160 days ago

This is a very, very nice box Hugh. Job well done….
The wood combination is really nice, design clean and classic and the inlay is beautiful!

If this is one of your first boxes…... WOW !

Welcome to LJ’s….......

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Billp

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#5 posted 1160 days ago

Great first project, you did a really slick job on the inlay.hand cut dovetails on your first box, very impressive.

-- Billp

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Arlin Eastman

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#6 posted 1160 days ago

Very nice box!
Job will done
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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dwlckn

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#7 posted 1160 days ago

Great box I’m very impressed, the inlay looks very nice and the dovetails are amazing. I wish mine looked that good. Love the grain pattern on the front. Thank you for sharing.

-- “Enjoy what you do, or do something else!”

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jockmike2

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#8 posted 1160 days ago

Fantastic first box, wish mine had looked that good. Terrific job, as a turner, believe me, I know the value of CA glue and sawdust. It’s saved more than one of my projects.

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

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bigike

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#9 posted 1160 days ago

nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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christopheralan

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#10 posted 1159 days ago

Beautiful! Joints look perfect!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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Kenns

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#11 posted 1159 days ago

After only six months in woodworking I was still building pine board shelves. You’ve done a great job here.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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itsmic

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#12 posted 1156 days ago

That is just BEAUTIFUL, for a first, well, for a second, third….... fine construction, beautiful wood, and excellent work on the inlay, Welcome to lj’s, it’s great to have You here sharing Your talents and thoughts

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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