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.