|Project by JamWhi||posted 11-05-2012 03:13 PM||626 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
Several weeks ago one of the 12 year olds in my scout troop and a family friend passed away in a tragic accident. With the natural reaction to want to do anything to help and being marginally better with my hands that my words I decided to make something for the family. After a lot of thought I settled on a keepsake box. I wanted something big enough to store letters with a simple design but that didn’t look like it came from Ikea. The final dimensions were around 13”x10”, I think it was about 8” tall. I wanted a solid look so I left all of the material as thick as I could which turned out to around 7/8” thick. For the wood I used cherry on the sides and ambrosia maple for the top with walnut splines. I kept the hardware simple with barrel hinges that didn’t interrupt the wood then had the top laser engraved, painted the lettering black and finished the box with several coats of shellac sanding up to 400 grit between coats. The final finish came out glass smooth and while I think I broke every design “rule” it came out pretty nice.