Another Keepsake/Document Box

  • Advertise with us
Project by ruddy posted 12-07-2012 06:37 AM 4559 views 28 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another Keepsake Box for one of the Grandaughters and it will be given as a gift this Christmas.
The box measures 360mm x 250mm x110mm high and is made from Australian Rosewood and finished with Scandavian oil and then waxed.
The lid insert is bookmatched English Elm Burr and all the handles, hinge parts and mitre feathers are made from American Rock Maple. The box and tray are lined with a purple suede pigskin split leather.
The pencil case built into the inner tray has my grandaughters initials inlaid into the hinged lid.
The box features larger inlaid hinges that are flush with the back. This was one of those projects where I lost some interest as I was trying to make the hinges and accents a little bolder than previous boxes I had made but I think the combination of thicker hinge leaves and thicker mitre feathers along with high colour contrast between the Rosewood and the Rock Maple overcooked the effect I thought I was going to get. I would appreciate your comments.

regards from Sydney

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

26 comments so far

View bobasaurus's profile


3531 posts in 3329 days

#1 posted 12-07-2012 06:41 AM

Wow that is a great looking box. The wood hinges are especially great, and the inlay and rounded splines really stand out too. I think the contrasting woods look good together. Even the handle is unique and interesting. Nice job.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

View eddie's profile


8565 posts in 2759 days

#2 posted 12-07-2012 08:30 AM

a nother stunning box Ruddy she going to love it ,i love those henges just beautiful all the way around

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

29876 posts in 2483 days

#3 posted 12-07-2012 08:37 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Any executive would love it!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View Jim Rowe's profile

Jim Rowe

1051 posts in 2457 days

#4 posted 12-07-2012 08:55 AM

A stunning combination of colours from all of the component parts. I particularly like the pigskin suede. Lucky Granddaughter to receive this.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

View lumberdog's profile


245 posts in 3412 days

#5 posted 12-07-2012 09:44 AM

outstanding, great design, the hinges and the handle work nicely with the rest of the box.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

View Roger's profile


20948 posts in 2949 days

#6 posted 12-07-2012 12:58 PM

Super nice, elegant, and lotsa gr8 details. Luv the hinges and the wood combos.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

View grizzman's profile


7836 posts in 3448 days

#7 posted 12-07-2012 01:12 PM

a fantastic box ruddy, i love all the details, the hinges are great and the over all presence is something an executive would really enjoy, she will show up with this and out class those around her, for sure…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 2437 days

#8 posted 12-07-2012 01:25 PM

Very nicely done—especially the Inlayed initials and use of purple suede pigskin split leather which are very classy touches. IMHO

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 2437 days

#9 posted 12-07-2012 01:26 PM

Apologies for the double post—I’m having a “love-hate” relationship with this damn iPad.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View SPalm's profile


5322 posts in 4027 days

#10 posted 12-07-2012 01:33 PM

Nice job!
Who wouldn’t like that? I do.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

4027 posts in 4208 days

#11 posted 12-07-2012 02:04 PM

Beautifully done. Love the box within a box detail!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View gbear's profile


517 posts in 4244 days

#12 posted 12-07-2012 03:01 PM

Hey mate, crickey that a beautiful box! :o)
The hinges look terrific…that the first thing that caught my eye.
I love the contrast in woods and the initials look wonderful too.
I know your granddaughter is going to love this box.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

View DouginVa's profile


490 posts in 2418 days

#13 posted 12-07-2012 05:20 PM

Very nice. The inlay, hinges, and burl really add a nice look to it. I don’t care for the different colored splines though for some reason….maybe fewer of them, I dunno. The lidded compartment in the tray is real nice too.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

View Ken90712's profile


17575 posts in 3333 days

#14 posted 12-07-2012 05:23 PM

I think the hinges really set it off and should be highlighted. The wood contrast is beautiful. Your inlay is perfect, How did you get your splines on the corners rounded on the ends. I like that, A real beauty she will love it!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View bigike's profile


4054 posts in 3433 days

#15 posted 12-07-2012 05:47 PM

saweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet box lovin the hinges, lid lift, and inlay.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

showing 1 through 15 of 26 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics