alaskan keepsake box

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Project by grizzman posted 10-29-2011 09:17 PM 1750 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a gift box for my very good friend Doug in kaysville Utah, its for his son Jeff who is now living in Alaska, this box is made from many different woods, the main box is made from walnut and pecan, the top of the box which has 4 inlays is made of red cedar, the inlays are, the shape of Alaska is blood wood, the two salmon are padauk set in a black epoxy background they are all inlayed into dogwood, which is a very beautiful white wood, and as we move onto the front of the box, the drawers are made of walnut with a pecan drawer bottom, the drawer fronts are made from Tasmanian eucalyptus burl with a padauk trim around the outside. this box also has a secret surprise, a small hidden place that sets behind the 2 drawers, its a hinged piece of cherry with 2 small areas that some folded money could be put into it, that small hinged piece is cherry and walnut. the side handles are padauk. also on the boxes top is a 1/8 inlay of padauk that goes all the way around the boxes top, so in counting there are 7 types of wood used here, this was a very fun build, i used my new inlay router that i got from Stewart McDonald, its powered by my dremel motor, i used a 1/8 spiral upcut bit for the inlay work and hogged out the main part of the inlay with a 1/2 straight bit in my larger plunge router, thank you for taking the time to look at this piece, as always i enjoy all of your comments…grizzman.p.s. i forgot the drawer handles are moose antler….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 10-29-2011 09:20 PM

great work grizz

and your blend of woods
is a wonderful mix

as always

-- 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 10-29-2011 09:22 PM

Nice job. A little precision work going on here. The inlays came out nicely didn’t they.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 10-29-2011 09:28 PM

Hey Bob that’s fantastic, Look out Bit boxmaker and Andy,There’s a new kid on the block.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-29-2011 09:31 PM

Very unusual box you created. It’s says open and wild which is perfect for Alaska. You have outdone yourself with the wood combinations. Nicely done.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 10-29-2011 10:02 PM

Lots going on here.
Nice box and a good looking motif on the top.
Good work.

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

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#6 posted 10-29-2011 10:07 PM

” as always i enjoy all of your comments”

And … as always … I enjoy seeing pictures of your fantastic artistic ability and craftsmanship :-)

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 10-29-2011 10:17 PM

Hey there BOB…. well what can I say…. a box of many timbers… made with a purpose… love the inlay on the lid..really look like Alaska…lol… very sweet…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 10-29-2011 10:25 PM

So Cool, Grizz!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 10-29-2011 10:54 PM

Wow Grizz, this is quite a complex piece, you obviously sat down & thought about this one before stating up the saw, love that treatment on the top, very well done, :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 10-29-2011 11:14 PM

Very nice, Griz….you just keep getting better.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 10-29-2011 11:20 PM

And the hits just keep on coming! Another gem Grizz and a wonderful gift to boot. Way to go.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#12 posted 10-29-2011 11:32 PM

Very, very nice.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#13 posted 10-29-2011 11:40 PM

Great Grizz: A nice inlay.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 10-30-2011 12:14 AM

Great as always grizz, this one will be hard to follow can’t wait to see your next project.

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#15 posted 10-30-2011 12:31 AM

Someone will be really happy.
Amazing so many woods and techniques you managed to master in this box.
I love the little secret, and promise I will tell no one.
Nice work!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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