Small Keepsake Box... Padauk, Cherry, Wenge

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Project by Dan posted 11-26-2011 08:37 PM 2815 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another Christmas gift project. A small keepsake box made from Padauk, Cherry, Maple and Wenge.

The box is mitered with maple splines and the corners were rounded over. This was the first time I had ever worked with Padauk and I felt it was a rather nice wood to work with, especially with hand tools. Wenge on the other hand is not so friendly with hand tools. I finished the box with 4 coats of tung oil.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 10:30 PM

Nice looking box. Your choice of wood is a good contrast.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 11:31 PM

Very compelling combination of wood, makes you feel like you want to open the box

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 11-27-2011 04:45 PM

Nice build and a very personal gift you should be proud to give !
Great job and thought .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 11-27-2011 04:58 PM

This turned out very nice and it looks great. I like it.

-- 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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#5 posted 11-27-2011 05:15 PM

Sharp Looking Box, This shape always draws me in, the wood combo is fine, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#6 posted 11-27-2011 07:03 PM

Santa Claus is comin to town with some very nice boxes

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 11-27-2011 07:41 PM

Another great box, I need to get in on this fun that everyone is making! Nice!!!

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

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#8 posted 11-28-2011 01:48 AM

Any tips on the wenge? I have a pretty big piece of it I am planing on using for a plane (I don’t have the power tools to do this).

Good looking box. A whole lot nicer than some of the “artisan” boxes I saw this weekend with gappy joints.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#9 posted 11-28-2011 06:02 AM

RG – I don’t really have any tips but I will say its an extremely hard wood and I have found it very hard on my hand tool blades. I have never had much luck using hand planes on it and the wood chips out pretty easy and it dulls the blades quick. My power planer even had a hard time planing it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#10 posted 11-28-2011 06:20 AM

Nice job Dan, I like the rounded corners.

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#11 posted 05-01-2012 08:34 AM

Hi Dan,

Just came across this box. Excellent job. Great choice of woods, and a pleasing design.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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