Arts and Crafts Keepsake Boxes

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Project by pesek posted 12-10-2012 01:53 AM 2279 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 12-10-2012 02:05 AM

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

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

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 02:08 AM

Beautiful boxes Todd

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 02:22 AM

Very well done

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 02:48 AM

The tiles are 4×4 inch and were purchased.

-- Todd

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#5 posted 12-10-2012 03:32 AM

Very nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 12-10-2012 04:56 AM

Great box, I remember that issue

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 05:22 AM

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 12-11-2012 03:00 AM

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 12-11-2012 06:13 AM

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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