Cousin Boxes

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Project by 3Vdesigns posted 10-06-2012 03:42 PM 1477 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my wife and I became pregnant I decided to make a keepsake box for my daughter. I also had a nephew that would be turning 1 year old around the time when my daughter was due. I decided to make them both boxes that would be similar in size and shape but different in accents. My daughter’s is the maple, paduak and ebony. My nephew’s is the poplar and mohogony.
For my daughter’s box I used the ebony accent down the center of the lid and the interior dish as accents. When I routered out the dish with a bowl bit I notice a neat raised panel affect in the center that I kept. The corner has square accents of paduak. The lid is held with an angled cut to the center section and a dovetail-like rabbit cut into the sides.
My nephew’s box has a simpler exterior with a simple L-shaped lip to hold the center section of the lid in. Since my brother was the more “sneeky” of the children in my family I decided to pay him pack by building a secret compartment in the bottom of the interior dish. My nephew will be sure to hide small items he would like to keep from his parents in there.
Both are finished with shellac and lacquer. I hope they enjoy them as much as I did building them.

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 01:17 AM

Really beautiful work.

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#2 posted 10-07-2012 02:10 AM

Very nice boxes. Your attention to detail makes these extra nice.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-07-2012 03:52 AM

Nice crisp work, good details and a rather nice finish. Hope the kids are the same.
That’s a very pretty piece of mahogany and I love the black and red floating tray.
I think the colour’s off in your photos but still very good shooting.
Glad to have you here.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#4 posted 10-07-2012 11:16 AM

These are very clean looking boxes and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 10-10-2012 01:25 AM

Thanks everybody. I have other projects I have done that I will have to post up here. I enjoy all the critique and encouragement. Happy cutting!

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