Walnut and Spalted Maple Keepsake Box

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Project by Dave Haynes posted 12-21-2012 12:44 AM 1985 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is a good deal similar to one of my other project posts. I used some more of the spalted maple that I got from a log I found in my brother’s wood pile last year. This stuff really makes nice looking accent pieces when used in boxes. I added this one to my Etsy Store with a couple other boxes today, all of which I have added to my projects page today.

I used some walnut for the main box that I got a few weeks ago at an estate tag sale where an old woodworker had died. I was flabergasted by the amount of cherry and walnut that I got from that sale for a little bit of nothing in $$$. The particular piece of some of that walnut really had some awesome looking figure in it and I used it to show it off in this box. Again, I used my Porter Cable miniature box jig template to make the joinery. I put burgandy velvet in the bottom of the box to finish it off.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 12:46 AM

Very beautiful again

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 12:49 AM

Very cool looking box.

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#3 posted 12-21-2012 01:09 AM

Nice looking box. I like it!!............Jim

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 01:16 AM


The velvet contrasts well with it.

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 02:05 AM

Nice. Wish I could stumble into some beautiful wood like that!

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 02:22 AM

Nice box Dave, Nice find on the wood!

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 03:19 AM

Another great project. Keep them coming.

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#8 posted 12-21-2012 03:41 AM

Beautiful box! You’re inspiring me to start making boxes!

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#9 posted 12-21-2012 04:06 AM

Love the grain and contrasts. Lovely.

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#10 posted 12-21-2012 01:12 PM

I love Walnut!! This is beautiful!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#11 posted 12-21-2012 03:15 PM

beautifull choices in wood, love the spalted stuff and i love walnut myself. nice finger joints too. Very nice box, I might steal your idea for a lid….

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#13 posted 12-22-2012 03:27 AM

Dave, interesting box. I just made a similar box-jointed jewlery box, but with feet. What is the light colored accent along the bottom?

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#14 posted 12-22-2012 04:37 AM

Really nice piece. Well done. What did you use for a finish?

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#15 posted 12-22-2012 01:47 PM

ArtDunbar and dnick….......

The lighter inlaid piece around the bottom of the box is the same material I used in the top. It’s milled down spalted maple intended to match the top insert. I used two coats of Watco Natural Danish Oil finish which, under their directions, I let set for 72 hours before applying the final finish. As a final finish, I used 3 coats of Minwax handrubbed poly, using #0000 steel wool between the coats. I used this finish on all of my boxes as I think it gives them a great look. Hope that helps you guys.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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