Keepsake box

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Project by juanabee posted 07-22-2011 06:46 AM 2622 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 07-22-2011 07:38 AM

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 07-22-2011 09:53 AM

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 07-22-2011 03:45 PM

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 07-22-2011 04:49 PM

Nice box. I really like the handle treatment.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 07-22-2011 04:52 PM

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 07-22-2011 07:22 PM

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 07-22-2011 09:36 PM

Love the handle, looks great.

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

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#9 posted 07-23-2011 03:28 AM

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

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 07-24-2011 08:19 PM

It is an eye popper!! Awesome!

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 07-24-2011 10:43 PM

very neat lookin box!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 01-18-2012 02:47 AM

I want one. That is cool.

-- Medicaid Carpenter

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#13 posted 01-18-2012 05:25 AM

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

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 04-05-2012 07:51 PM

This is a beautiful box.

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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