Memory Box

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Project by Chris Cook posted 05-06-2012 05:05 PM 1661 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made for my mother-in-law. We all wrote letters and put them inside. A real tear-jerker.

Top is cedar, sides are made of maple with mahogany inlay. The bottom and hinges are padauk. The front handle is redwood.

This is finished in tung oil.

Things could have gone a little better, but overall turned out okay.

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#1 posted 05-06-2012 07:40 PM

Nice box, like the hinges.
(I could use a memory box, but I might be too old, lol.)


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#2 posted 05-06-2012 07:49 PM

I do like a box with wooden hinges! That ‘split’ handle at the front works well too Chris.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#3 posted 05-06-2012 10:44 PM

Beautiful box !!
I like to copy your split handle idea.

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#4 posted 05-06-2012 11:47 PM

Yes, ditto on the split handle. Kool idea. Hinges, gr8, wood combos, gr8. All gr8!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 01:00 AM

A very cool box with an interesting combination of woods. The hinges turned out great and the split handle adds a unique flair. How did you make your hinges?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 01:09 AM

I think that is way better then OK. It is really nice and for someone you loved too.


-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#7 posted 05-07-2012 01:35 AM

there seems to be a nice run of boxes tonight, and i really am enjoying this one, first i am a big fan of red cedar and second i love the reason you gave it, i gave my mother in law a jewelry box back in the 90’s and have always enjoyed know that i did that for her, and she used it and had it on her dresser for the rest of her life, she was my biggest fan, so you have done one step better by leaving her your words of love, she will cherish those forever, a great box.

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

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#8 posted 05-07-2012 01:56 AM

No matter what you design, you should be proud.

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

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#9 posted 05-07-2012 02:34 AM

thanks for the great comments.

@gfadvm: The hinges are simple finger joints (simple for somebody). It’s a technique I saw somewhere. I used up a ton of scrap pieces getting the technique down to a repeatable process. I drilled the hole first and then cut the finger joints to kerf spacing. I have pictures of the process if it will help out. I take pictures of everything to help me remember how I did things.

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#10 posted 05-07-2012 02:37 AM

Very nice unique box.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 05-07-2012 02:54 AM

Wonderful box nicely done

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 05-07-2012 03:04 AM

Chris, I was just curious as to whether you used a box joint jig, shop made jig, or ?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 05-07-2012 03:04 AM

the handle makes this project outstanding along with all the great mixture of woods. great work!

-- Dempsey, Ohio

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#14 posted 05-07-2012 03:42 AM

love it nice box

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#15 posted 05-07-2012 10:34 AM

Looks great, the hinges are fanastic and the split handle is an awesome idea!

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