|Project by juanabee||posted 07-22-2011 06:46 AM||2321 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
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.
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