Arts and Crafts Keepsake Boxes

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Project by pesek posted 619 days ago 1142 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used up some of the quartersawn white oak scraps I had laying around the shop that were left over from bigger projects. The pattern for these was in the November, 2006 WOOD magazine. Nice little weekend project. One for each of the kids someday.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 619 days ago

Nice little keepsake boxes Todd. Did you also do the tile inserts as well?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 619 days ago

Beautiful boxes Todd

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 619 days ago

Very well done

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 619 days ago

The tiles are 4×4 inch and were purchased.

-- Todd

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#5 posted 619 days ago

Very nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 619 days ago

Great box, I remember that issue

-- Norman

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#7 posted 619 days ago

Todd nice craftsmanship here. The stained quarter-sawn White Oak is in keeping with the syle and is beatutful. I like the angled top and the tile is nicely framed. What are the white dots on the inside about?

I fear that without some kind of stop your hinges are doomed to fail. The weight of the top and the tile will soon do them in. There is too much weight and leverage here even for the nice strong hinges you have used. It isn’t realistic to expect users to hold the lid with one hand and reach with the other every time they open the box.

I like the general shape and form. The bottom arch is an especially nice touch. I know you are following someone else’s plan, and you are after a certain style, but the pads on the bottom of the legs look a little large for the scale of the box…in my opinion. These will make terrific gifts and are well done. Thanks for sharing them with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 618 days ago

Beautiful boxes. I recognize the Motawi tiles. This is a great project to display art tiles in a useful form. I have to echo Boxguy about a safety chain. I built the same box and quickly found that the weight of the tiled lid over balanced the case if it wasn’t filled with something heavy. My wife donated an old jewelry chain and it solved the problem.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#9 posted 618 days ago

I actually increased the hinges by one size because the ones they call out in the plan are quite small. The chain is a good idea. I will probably implement that.

-- Todd

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