Just starting to put together a group of keepsake boxes, started when I made one for a good friend’s wedding and then just started for other occasions as well, everything from a “hope” chest to a pet memory box. All of my boxes have the oak log medallion on the top with stone accents. On the “treasure box” I used a piece of a maple branch on the front, the other boxes have a stone accent on the front of the box. The wood I use is reclaimed pine, and then cedar. I layer these two woods to give the boxes more dimension. I finish my boxes with shellac then a beeswax and mineral oil wood polish that I make myself. I just really like the look of natural wood and shellac is really easy to work with.