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Project by lo_note posted 05-12-2012 08:00 PM 1354 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for a client to give to his wife for Mother’s Day. They’re going to use it to keep cherished baby things from their now 10 month old son and possibly a future sibling. The client was looking for high contrast between the different woods and really liked the look of corner battens. Beyond that, he gave me free reign on the design. I found a particularly shimmery Khaya board for the box and chose Wenge to go with it. They’re hidden by the corner trim, but I dovetailed the corners of the box for strength (and for some practice cutting them by hand), and used quadrant hinges for the lid. I hadn’t used these before, but they’re an elegant and simple way to avoid having to use an ugly lid stay.

-- Matt





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#1 posted 05-12-2012 09:17 PM

Nice! Colors cotrast but only to set off the piece. What are the dimensions?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 05-12-2012 09:38 PM

Yes this is sweet nice contrast too I wondered if it were big or smallish too. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 12:24 AM

It’s on the big side for a keepsake box. Around 23” wide x 16” tall x 13” deep overall. The client wanted to be able to fit baby books spine up in the upper compartment. My first design made it just wide and deep enough to fit a book either way (12” deep and wide inside), but the proportions weren’t good. It reminded me of a cremation urn. Yuck. So I streched it out width wise and was much happier. Thanks for your interest, it’s exciting to finally post a project.

-- Matt

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 03:59 PM

That looks really great, not only the color combination but the craftsmanship.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 04:53 PM

Thanks,

You have a great eye for balance! Your craftsmanship ain’t bad either. LOL If you look at Greg’s posts, Andy’s posts ( box makers) It is apparent they take time and pride in theiir postings as well. You are doing a pretty good job with that too.

What was your timeline?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 05:51 PM

Thanks for the kind words Thomas. I had two weeks to get it done and just made it. I also had to install a kitchen last week which took a couple days. It was a busy week!

-- Matt

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 04:30 PM

Very nice box, I like the contrast and the bottom drawers.

Any worry about the cross-grain orientation of the corner battens with the box sides? I know it’s less of a concern with smaller dimensions, but I’m always wondering at which point special care should be taken.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com

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