Purpleheart Cross

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Project by JoeyG posted 12-03-2011 11:40 PM 1533 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one speaks for it’s self. The box is made of purpleheart with a cedar bottom. The miter keys and handle are maple. This box is one of three that were ordered for Christmas by the same client. Since they are all for members of the same family I wanted certain things to join them all together. I did this by incorporating the triangle handle into all three boxes and the purpleheart for all three are from the same board.

This was one of those projects that was fun and a pain. Purpleheart is so hard and burns so easily it takes some of the enjoyment out of it. Over all I am very happy with the end result, even if I used a whole box of sandpaper. LOL

Thanks for taking the time to look.

One last note, the keys are curly maple and the handle is birdseye maple. The picture doesn’t do the handle justice.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 12:02 AM

well done joey

and done is a good thing

i’m sure they will please

as they should

-- 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 12-04-2011 12:10 AM

Thanks patron. I will have the other two up today as long as the finish dries in time. It’s a bit chilly in the shop.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 12:31 AM

Those are very beautiful boxes. I love the little details and the wood is a great choice. I especially liked the maple miter keys. Job well done.

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#4 posted 12-04-2011 01:29 AM

Thanks redbaron, It’s all about the contrast sometimes.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 12-04-2011 02:42 AM

Here is all three boxes together

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#6 posted 12-04-2011 04:04 PM

Really nice Joey! ....did you router the bevels? I like that look…bevelled from both the box wall and the lid.

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#7 posted 12-04-2011 04:19 PM

Cool miter keys. Have to try that. Great work !

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#8 posted 12-04-2011 04:49 PM

Hey Bart, I used a 45 degree camfer bit before I attached the lid. I am going over the process in my blog at
I simply used the chamfer before I glued in the hinge pins. I do this just before final shaping and sanding, giving me the ability to change or modify things as I need to. I haven’t set the lids on the ambrosia boxes yet but I’ll be hitting them hard the beginning of the week.

Andy did a great blog about these boxes that I learned a lot from. You can find it at

Thanks Andy.

ed220, if you follow my blog I listed earlier it shows how I do my miter keys. I have seen a lot of different jigs here on LJ’s.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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