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Project by Colin posted 2340 days ago 3602 views 8 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I’ve made as a birthday present for my middle daughter, whose name as you can see is Kim.

The box is made from 1/4 sawn, kiln dried, Lime(basswood). The base has a routered edge and is screwed from underneath into three of the sides, one end is not fixed as this end slides up to reveal a hidden compartment 15mm deep.

The base and inside of the box, including the tray, have green sticky backed felt attached to soften the surfaces and also contrast with the Lime.

I’m not sure what name you would give the sliding joint but it works quite well. The patterns are chip carved on all four sides plus the lid. the lid is fixed with two butt hinges. The finish is 4 coats of polyurethane satin spray.

I reckon that I required about 14 hours to do the carving including the drawing out. I’m not quick at this yet, I hope to get faster as I improve. Making the box was the quick part!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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Marcel T

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#1 posted 2340 days ago

Beutiful carving, Colin! I’m sure Kim will be thrilled!

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Earle Wright

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#2 posted 2340 days ago

Great concept!

Fourteen hours seems like very little time at all to accomplish what you have here.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#3 posted 2340 days ago

a great job – and a secret compartment as well!! Awesome.

Great chip carving. Very nice

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2340 days ago


This is a wonderful box. The carving is exquisite and adds so much visual interest to it. Personalizing it this way really makes it special. I am sure that your daughter will absolutely love it.

By the way this isn’t going to cause any problems with her siblings. You may have to do some more woodworking.

Sounds like a prescription for some more shop time to me!!!! :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 2340 days ago

Very nice, I’m sure your daughter will love it.
Chip carving is on my list to try some day.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#6 posted 2340 days ago

Hi Colin
Very nice carved box. Your daughter will treasure that .


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#7 posted 2340 days ago

You’ve done some really fine chip carving there…very nice!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 2340 days ago

Hi Colin

The box is simply beautiful. Your daughter will treasure this heirloom for ever. Your my kind of guy, hidden comparment was a great idea. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 2339 days ago

Great box and carving. Your secret is safe with us.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 2339 days ago

This is really neat. I like the hidden compartment, too. The carving is well done.

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#11 posted 2339 days ago

B-A-U-T-Full! Plus I’m very partial to projects with secet compartments. Vey nice!

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#12 posted 2338 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Very nice design and results.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 2319 days ago

Colin, that is one sweet box!

I’ve never tried chip carving, but seeing this sure makes me want to try.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 2319 days ago

Colin, sorry I missed this one the first time around. Simply wonderful, did she like it?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#15 posted 2057 days ago

excellent job on the detailed carving. in my spare time i’ve started making small wooden boxes and i can appreciate the detailed chip carving and skill that went into making this box.

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