|Project by Woodhacker||posted 04-13-2008 05:36 AM||2506 views||8 times favorited||23 comments|
I first began woodworking in Jr. High, but quit after high school. This keepsake box is my first project after 30 years away from woodworking. It was made a few years ago for my niece, Sarah. The top, front, and back are walnut with the sides made from birdseye maple, with a red oak base. The “S” inlay is birdseye maple and was hand cut from one piece. I used a jig and router for the box joints. The scrollwork was patterned after a scrolled wooden cross that use to hang in my parents house, which I now have. The finish is 11 coats of General Finish wipe-on satin Arm-R-Seal preceded by sealer. The finish was hand sanded progressively finer between each two or three coats, with the last being 1500 grit. I used Behlen’s polish as the final “rub”. This process completely filled all grain pores, giving a “glass-like” smoothness.
When my mother found out I was giving this as a surprise birthday gift, she “got in on the act” and made the “cover” in the last picture. It’s made of felt and lined with suede and has a rope drawstring. The pattern of the keepsake box’s inlay is embroidered into the cover and positioned in the same place as the inlay in the top.
-- Martin, Kansas