Keepsake box

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Project by juanabee posted 1127 days ago 1739 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son is going away to school this fall and wanted me to work with him this summer on a project for his sweetheart. This is the result. He made this keepsake box just from scrap in my woodshop. We got the basic idea for the box in a “The Woodsmith Shop” episode. He used scraps of plain white pine “stained” yellow with blo, and trimmed with very purplish aromatic cedar I had left over from a blanket chest I made last year. Once glued up, he finished the whole thing with wipe-on poly. To me, these pictures don’t do justice to its colors in real life. The yellow pine and “purple” cedar trim complement each other in an eye-popping combination. This thing just seems to grab your eyes and won’t let go when it’s in front of you.

The project started out as an exercise in making dovetails. We were going to graduate up to inlaid dovetails, but his first try at dovetails looked so good we decided it was good enough.

This was my son’s first ever woodcraft project. I coached him and showed him how to make the cuts safely. But he did the whole project. It sure was fun coaching him and watching him discover the joys of woodworking.

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#1 posted 1126 days ago

Great job to both of you.

The box looks fantastic. I think woodsmith magazine had the box without the dovetails.
I like your version better. the aromatic cedar adds a lot to overall look of th box. That is a great addition.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 1126 days ago

Very niceley done. Not only did you create a great box, but a great memory as well. and who knows, maybe inspired your son to venture into the hobby of woodworking…

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#4 posted 1126 days ago

Plenty of wonderful detail on this gem of a box. All the woods and color are off the charts gorgeous. Daughter in law will be thrill on this gift, great tag team work…Blkcherry

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#5 posted 1126 days ago

Nice box. I really like the handle treatment.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 1126 days ago

Kudos to you both…youve taught your son well for this project to come out so well. Great colors in the combination. nice job.

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#7 posted 1126 days ago

Great project and a wonderful story, You must be very happy with the entire adventure, Your son has some real potential in the woodworking field, style and fine craftsmanship make this a real keeper, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#8 posted 1126 days ago

Love the handle, looks great.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#9 posted 1126 days ago

Well it looks great from here. I am sure she will love

-- Norman

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#10 posted 1124 days ago

It is an eye popper!! Awesome!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 1124 days ago

very neat lookin box!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 947 days ago

I want one. That is cool.

-- Medicaid Carpenter

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#13 posted 947 days ago

some how I missed this earlier, Beautiful box and a very cool design.

-- Custom furniture

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 868 days ago

This is a beautiful box.

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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