Mahogany Keepsake Box for my Son

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Project by Dave posted 03-05-2012 07:38 PM 1607 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out to be just an exercise in box building but when I chose dovetails instead of box joints, it turned into a real effort. A first for the mitered dovetails on the top edge. The scroll saw cut dovetails turned out so well that I decided to add my son’s monogram on the Ambrosia Maple top. It took two days to cut the letters out of Walnut and excavate them into the top using a Dremel, very fine chisels and a razor knife. Delicate, time consuming work.

Mahogany box 10-1/2×7x6-1/2
Ambrosia Maple top
Walnut script Monogram
Recycled Chestnut mitered liner
Brusso 95 degree hinges
Super Blond shellac and wax finish

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 11:55 PM

That does look like a lot of work, but the end result is nice. Have you done a liner like this before? Is it just inserted or glued in? Your son should appreciate this a lot.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 12:05 AM

I did an insert in the jewelry box project also. I think they are almost a necessity for good box making. These miters were crept up on so slowly that they are very tight and need no glueing. I doubt I could even get them out if I wanted to. I wanted to use a shooting board but my table saw did the trick. How nice.
The monogram was my first atempt at something so complex and I am happy with the results. The font came right out of MS Word. I think I’ll do more of that in the future. It’s like a paleontologist using a toothbrush to uncover a huge dinosaur skeleton. Takes forever and you can’t lose patience. Thanks for looking and asking.

The DGP Express

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 12:15 AM

Beautiful job !

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 01:53 AM

Where in the world did you find the chestnut? I have been wanting to do a chestnut project for the past 20 years and could never find the wood. Considering that it is a lost species you are lucky indeed.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 02:00 AM

The monogram inlay is as precise as can be. It’s flawless!

What a great job you did. Excellent work!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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