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Project by KevinH posted 648 days ago 1928 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this project from plans in a magazine. It’s made of red oak, walnut and maple. Five or six thin layers of clear lacquer finish brought out incredibly rich color in the wood.

The red oak is from a tree that lived in the back yard, but lost a battle with a snow storm four years ago. The quilt block pattern is in honor of my wife, a quilter, who passed away a year ago. I gave this box to friends who have been with us through thick and thin.

I learned so much from this project: resawing, surface planing, mitering corners, making splines, jig-making, and cutting small pieces safely, etc. No wonder this box took a year to make. Hopefully, the next one will go much more quickly.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley





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lanwater

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#1 posted 648 days ago

It looks great.

The next one is always easier or it seems so.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 648 days ago

So cool a great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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degoose

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#3 posted 648 days ago

I like louis cubes… nice box..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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robert triplett

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#4 posted 648 days ago

I like the way the wood seems to have edges. Nice work!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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TomTinkerSum

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#5 posted 648 days ago

Thanks for sharing the story behind this beautiful box. Sounds like making the box might have been a gift too.

Great wood combo and making it pop!!

-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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woodshaver

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#6 posted 648 days ago

Kevin, First let me say my wife and I are sorry for the loss of your wife. I’m sure she would of been very proud of the Quilt Block Keepsake Box you made for your friend.

The box has some nice depth and I love the pattern it’s in 3-D! Very well done!
My 2nd one always comes out a little better than the first one!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 647 days ago

Awesome box.great meaning behind it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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itsmic

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#8 posted 647 days ago

Well done, a real eye catcher there, neat pattern and fine craftsmanship, Great Job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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jaykaypur

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#9 posted 647 days ago

A very beautiful box and a real eye-catcher. Great job.

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

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thewoodworker01

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#10 posted 647 days ago

Great box! Thats definiately a conversation piece!

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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JoeyG

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#11 posted 647 days ago

This had to be a hard build. I am sorry for your loss. Your box is incredible, as is the meaning behind it. Thanks for sharing such a difficult piece of art. It shows that you poured a lot of care into it.

Thanks again for sharing the box and your story.

Joey

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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KevinH

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#12 posted 646 days ago

I appreciate all of your comments and encouragement. Thanks so much.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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wallkicker

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#13 posted 641 days ago

The box is great . I am sorry for your loss . Great friends are hard to find and I am sure they will love it .

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