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Small Keepsake Box... Holly, Cherry & Wenge

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Project by Dan posted 05-14-2012 06:38 PM 3549 views 14 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cant seem to get away from making these little boxes. Here I present to you my most recent keepsake box made from American Holly, Cherry and Wenge. This box is the same design as many of my other boxes with the exception of the handle.

The handle design came from another box that I had seen in a woodworking magazine. To make the handle I used my table saw to cut a groove in the edge of a longer piece of wenge. Once I had the groove cut I then cut off two small pieces at like a 15 deg bevel.

The same idea was used for the legs. I started but cutting a rabbet on a longer piece of Wenge and once I had the rabbet cut I then cut them down to smaller pieces at a bevel.

I beveled the edges of the cherry lid free hand with a block plane. I got it pretty close to perfect which made me feel special :)

I finished the box with a couple coats of BLO and paste wax.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"





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Brit

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 07:18 PM

Nice work Dan. I wish my bevelled edges turned out that good. I like your choice of woods too.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 07:24 PM

That is beautiful Dan. I like the handle on this one, between it, the feet and the color contrast it looks as though it has an Asian design influence to me.

What do you use for you box bottoms?

Thanks for posting. ~Tony

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 07:26 PM

very zen

great combination of woods
and workmanship

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 07:37 PM

Sweet box Dan, very nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 07:40 PM

Tony, for box bottoms I will go through my scraps and see if I have a thin piece of wood that will work. If I don’t have a thin enough piece then I will just use a piece of hardboard. This box has a hardwood bottom thats sitting in a grove.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 07:43 PM

No way I could get bevels that clean by hand just yet! I’d have to tilt my table saw blade and let it do the work. Very nice.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 07:48 PM

really nice piece – - I am so used to seeing the milky white Holly as an accent or inlay, never really looked at it as a casewood.

-- I don't trust trees. They're kinda shady

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#8 posted 05-14-2012 09:11 PM

nice that you used your plane on the top and got them looking so nice, hand tools are the greatest, great job here…

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

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#9 posted 05-14-2012 09:15 PM

wow Dan! Great design. A little artistry going on there. Its a Small Keepsake Box, so I’m assuming you’ll be storing a few block planes in it?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#10 posted 05-14-2012 09:23 PM

I really like it Dan. That long handle is really a nice feature. Nice combos of woods also. Very nice contrast

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#11 posted 05-14-2012 10:30 PM

Great design, beautiful wood, great combination, a super project

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#12 posted 05-14-2012 10:47 PM

Very nice. Love the holly wood. I just milled a holly log and can’t wait to use it.

This box is eye-catching. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 12:10 AM

I like this box a lot Dan. Tastefully done, sir.

-- I love Jeeps

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#14 posted 05-15-2012 01:23 AM

very nice!

-- Nancy

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#15 posted 05-15-2012 08:30 AM

Super nice Dan.
Beautiful edge you made with that hand plane.
So crisp in detail.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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