Maple Keepsake Box - Hingeless Lid

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Project by TedAGTG posted 09-20-2012 03:26 AM 3281 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box (with the motor cycle on the lid) was made for a co-worker. I had a booth at a wood art show and brought some projects to work for a preveiw (I work for a large company). A couple people placed custom orders. I brought the cherry box (last 2 pictures) and the buyer wanted a lighter wood (maple is excellent) and then he asked me if I could do a fretwork picture of his Harley on the lid. “Oh yeah, no problem”. It took about 17 hours to cut the bike out. I used maple veneer and sandwiched it between 2 sheets of 1/8” baltic birch plywood. After it was cut out, I laminated a piece of walnut veneer to the box lid and then laminated the motorcycle veneer to the walnut. I had never worked with veneer before. The picture is a Jeff Zaffrino featured pattern in Creative WoodWorks and Crafts magazine from a couple years ago. I had to REDUCE the pattern to get it on the box lid. For the first time, I used the lighted magnifying glass on my scroll saw for the entire project. I used a 2/0 blade (actually a lot of them) and it was tedious. The box is made entirrely of 15/16” maple. This box was in a wood magazine (no plans just a picture) and I liked the no hinge concept and the angled sides. The inside ledge the lid sits on is rounded in the back and the rear ledge is lower and slightly wider than the lid. You press on the back of the lid and it pivots up and stays open by resting on the back. I finished the box by sanding it to 600 grit and hand applying Tung oil. I am delivering it Friday (9-21-12) I hope he likes it. By the way, you rarely get the labor back out of the project (as a non-professional). The material cost for this box was around $20.00. The wood was free scrap from a cabinet shop (both maple and cherry) so I bought the veneer and Tung oil. I didn’t charge enough but I always learn something for future projects.

-- Ted@AGTG WoodCraft

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 12:42 PM

I am not sure I would have the patience for fret work. Amazing results you achieved. Just the plain box would suit me just fine. I need to try the hingeless top design.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 01:55 PM

Excellent job on the box and the Harley.
I like the no hinge lid.
The lid appears to slid down into a slot at the back of the box when you push down on it.
I got to try that concept.

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#3 posted 09-20-2012 11:18 PM

Nice box. Excellent detail. Is the mortorcycle slightly proud of the lid (i.e. can you feel it with your finger?) or is it inlayed? All this was done on a scrollsaw? Thanks for posting!

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#4 posted 09-21-2012 12:30 AM

Man you did a beautiful job on this. Absolutely stunning on the finish and the design of the lid too! It is SWEET !

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

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 09:43 PM

To clarify, I scrolled the bike but the rest of the box was done with my table saw and router table. Now that I have scrolled veneer, I think I will make at least one more this fall for someone’s Christmas present (not a motorcycle though). Thanks for your comments!

-- Ted@AGTG WoodCraft

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#6 posted 09-24-2012 04:07 PM

Ted, I like everything about this box, the design, the motorcycle, I’m surprised it didn’t make it into the top 3.

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