Memorial Box

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Project by SteveTaylor posted 05-14-2012 07:25 AM 1811 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made for a co-worker who’s daughter died at age 10. Its walnut and zebrawood with a curly maple inlaid top, and a walnut diamond inlaid into the inlay. The finish is danigh oil and brushed lacquer.

Icarved the cross out of walnut and carved out a matching recess for it to fit into. The underside of the lid is routed out in the form of a sunrise, and gold and silver leaf applied.

This was my second attempt at making a box. Perhaps going for compound miters was a bit overly ambitious, as there were several “desiogn changes” along the way, but Ilearned as much from my mistakes and from my successes.

-- "I learn more from my mistakes than my I learn quite often."

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 10:35 AM

You have done a great job for a second attempt at box building. You’ve really incorporated some nice designs in this piece. I am sure your co-worker will be very thankful to receive this.

Good job and welcome to L.J.’s project page.

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 03:32 PM

Beautiful project and thoughtful gift. I just wish it were for a happier occasion.
Welcome to LJ’s.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 06:11 PM

Sorry about the loss but it’s nice work. Welcome to Lumberjocks.


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#4 posted 05-14-2012 06:15 PM

Welcome to Ljs Steve
This is a very nice box for a very sad cause. A very fine memorial for your friends daughter.

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#5 posted 05-15-2012 01:18 AM

Steve – That looks like it came from the heart! You did a good thing here.

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

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 01:35 AM

Exquisite looking box, sorry to hear about the co-workers loss, its obvious a lot of kindness went into this box

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 05-16-2012 05:43 AM


Nice progress on box making. I like your sense of style.

The death of a child is a great tragedy for any parents.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 01-03-2013 01:02 AM

Great job Steve

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#9 posted 10-16-2013 09:48 PM

Nicely done

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