Wedding Keepsake Box

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Project by GabeS posted 05-07-2012 04:20 AM 3011 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and made this for my little sister’s wedding gift. I wanted her to be able to put a wedding photo in the lid and store various memories from the wedding in it. The wood is birds eye maple with a quartersawn Makore veneer interior and walnut splines on the corners. The Waterlox really popped the birds eye and Makore depth.

5 coats of Waterlox per the instructions under finish#5 found here.
Apply liberally with a hiqh-quality (viva) paper towel, folded into a pad.
Let the finish sit on the surface for about 5 minutes.
Work the finish into the wood with 400-600 grit wet and dry sandpaper.
Wipe away any excess and allow to dry about 12 hours before reapplying.
When satisfied with build and after finish has cured, apply paste wax with a pad of #0000 steel wool. Buff out using clean cloth towel.

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 06:00 AM

First of all, a nice set of pictures and reactions. That this box is a complete success shows on your sister’s face. This is the reaction you hope for when you produce a work of love. Nice work and thanks for sharing that.

As to the box itself…Great finish, beautiful wood, solid appearance. You should be pleased that your considerable skills are so well appreciated. You know your finish is well done when others want to pet it.

Just as food for thought in the future…When I have made picture boxes I try to design them so I can place one picture outside and have another show on the inside. Picture frame tops trend to get heavy. Opening the lid back against the side puts a good deal of strain against the hinge screws. A stop chain or folding elbow relieves that stress and makes the box less fragile.

Great box and nice family moment sharing a wonderful occasion. Your posting made my day. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 06:26 AM

Nice looking box, I really like your design.

-- Vince

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 09:01 PM

Nice Box, the design is a nice one, all fits together very well, The pics do tell it all, Great shot, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 05:22 AM


The box is very lovely. Thanks for the details on the finishing. It’s great to see it was so well received. I’m working on my first box now and am hoping that it turns out well enough to have some degree of delight from the recipients!

Welcome to LJs and thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 05-12-2012 03:00 AM

Thanks for all the encouragement. This one meant a lot to me.

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#6 posted 05-18-2012 02:22 PM

Very nice Gabe. The choice of woods go well together and your box is very unique.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#7 posted 05-18-2012 03:59 PM

It looks very nice and I know that she must cherish it. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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