Quilt Block Keepsake Box

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Project by KevinH posted 10-03-2012 03:10 AM 3610 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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#1 posted 10-03-2012 03:23 AM

It looks great.

The next one is always easier or it seems so.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 03:27 AM

So cool a great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 04:03 AM

I like louis cubes… nice box..

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

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#4 posted 10-03-2012 04:16 AM

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

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 10-03-2012 06:15 AM

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!!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#6 posted 10-03-2012 09:43 AM

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 UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#7 posted 10-03-2012 03:04 PM

Awesome box.great meaning behind it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 10-03-2012 10:39 PM

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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#9 posted 10-04-2012 12:22 AM

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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#10 posted 10-04-2012 12:28 AM

Great box! Thats definiately a conversation piece!

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

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#11 posted 10-04-2012 01:38 AM

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.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#12 posted 10-04-2012 05:39 PM

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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#13 posted 10-09-2012 02:09 PM

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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