The Memory Box for my Son

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Project by 58j35bonanza posted 09-01-2011 05:59 AM 2927 views 9 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son had asked me to make him a box so he could have something to empty his pockets into at night.
I also thought It would make a nice birthday gift for him.

I never have any Ideas of what I’m going to make, I just make it up as I go along.

I titled this The Memory Box, as while making it, I would sit and hold it and think of all the memories I have had with Chris as he was growing up and becoming a man and father himself. He is now 32.
I hope this box will hold memories for him that he can share with his children.

This was by far my most challenging box.
It is made with zebra wood, wenge and leopard wood.

This was my first attempt at box joints and the raised inlay along the bottom.

I finished it down to 400 grit, sanding between coats of Deft lacquer and finally with Johnson’s paste wax.

Thanks for looking.

-- Chuck

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 06:07 AM

it is a beautiful memory for sure

should pass the test of time

you are both fortunate
to have such great love

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 06:08 AM

Nice looking box, well done.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 06:09 AM

That is a really nice box and really nice use of box joints. I am sure your son will keep it forever. Nice work, thanks for posting

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 06:17 AM

Very, very nice Chuck, Your son will love it.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 06:39 AM

Chuck you have created a memorable box which has sentimental value in it self and will be filled more and more as time goes by.
Great looking box and joints ,you should be proud and are a great father !
A real man to my liking .


-- Kiefer 松

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 06:59 AM

That’s a wonderfull box. The wood is striking.

I am sure your son will cherish it.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 07:49 AM

Beautiful box, thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 09:23 AM

Nice work. It doesn’t have that clumsy look that so many boxes get from the too thick materials.

-- 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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#9 posted 09-01-2011 10:24 AM

Great combination of wood choices! the joints are spot on. I like that the top and bottom joints are amaller then the middle ones it gives it interest and nice flow. The bottom inaly was a great idea which takes it to another level. I’m sure he will love it!

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

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#10 posted 09-01-2011 12:07 PM

Very Handsome Work Chuck, on a very Special Box!!
Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 09-01-2011 12:10 PM

Nice job, the joints look great, and the tray fit nicely as well.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#12 posted 09-01-2011 12:46 PM

It’s a beautiful box and I am sure he will fill it with beautiful memories!!!

Thanks for sharing!!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#13 posted 09-01-2011 01:44 PM

Fantastic use of grain for the sides – really nice!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#14 posted 09-01-2011 01:52 PM

It’s a beautiful box that he will always cherish. Way to go dad.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 09-01-2011 02:49 PM

Beautiful Box! Your boy will cherish it and so might your grandson/granddaughter someday. I’m a believer that working wood well is its own testament to the care and love of the maker and not merely the skillset by which the object is produced.



-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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