African Mahogany Keepsake Box

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I made this box as a spur of the moment gift for a friend. I used a 42” x 4 ” piece of 8/4” African mahogany left over from a past project. The top is walnut burl veneer with a walnut pull. Finish is shellac and tong oil. Nothing too fancy but I did get a bit carried away with the profile.

African Mahogany Keepsake Box

Thanks for looking

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#1 posted 2393 days ago

Great shape and design. Can we see a topless photo?

...Er, uh, I mean, can we see a picture with it’s lid off? Hinged or not? What’s inside?

-- Happy woodworking!

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Jiri Parkman

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#2 posted 2393 days ago

Nice project and wood. Beautiful box.

-- Jiri

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#3 posted 2393 days ago

I really like this one. Was the profile done with a box bit set? I’ve seen a set in one of the catalogs that I get and it kind of looks like your profile. I really like the look – if you didn’t use the box making jig – how did you achieve that profile? It’s a winner.

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

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#4 posted 2393 days ago

Nice box – I too would like to know how you cut the profile.

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#5 posted 2393 days ago

Wow! this one’s beautiful.

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#6 posted 2393 days ago

Very nice, I like your side profile, I think it works well, what thickness of wood did you start with and what is the thickness at the thinnest part? The little feet work well for me too.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#7 posted 2393 days ago

Beautiful job. Nice wood.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 2393 days ago

This is a real nice box. I really like the walnut burl in the top. It really contrasts well with the mahogany.

I wish those of you who make boxes would stop posting them, however. My woodworking life was just fine until I started seeing all these box posts and now I realize how much I have been missing by not doing boxes.

This just gives me something else to add to my ever growing list of planned projects.

Thanks for the post it was really inspirational.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 2393 days ago

beautiful design.. gorgeous box

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 2393 days ago

Wow, what a great box…love that sapale, doing a project in it myself right now, but it can be a bear to work with sometimes :>) Beautiful box.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#11 posted 2393 days ago

Great form and wood selection! A+ box!

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

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#12 posted 2393 days ago

Thanks for the comments friends. I didn’t do anything on the interior other than the same finish as the exterior. The profile was made mostly at the table saw. A carefully planed cove cut and bevel cut create the top portion. The lower portion was made with a core box bit and shallow bevel cut at the table saw.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#13 posted 2392 days ago

What a great project. You rock! Your such a great craftsman. Fine job, great box. Keep up the great work.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#14 posted 2392 days ago

Great work dewayne!

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#15 posted 2190 days ago


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