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Walnut keepsake box

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Project by rtbrmb posted 12-21-2012 04:48 PM 1110 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I finished before work this a.m. It is made from the same walnut slab that my neighbor had given me that I made a gift for his wife (previous project) out of. I am trading it to one of our secretaries at work-they took down a black walnut tree earlier this year & she is going to give me some of the wood.

The top is birdseye maple veneer which gives me fits when a few tiny cracks show up when I iron it on. I purposly soaked it 2 days in advance of installing it. This is the first time I used the decorative base/feet & I like what it does for the overall look of the box.

The last picture shows the knot in the rear of the box (the void went all the way through) -I filled it with 60 minute epoxy colored with painter ink.

As with most of my projects there are a few things i didn’t like (my screwups). I build my boxes as cubes and saw of the lid-one little messup here can creat nasty looking corners.

Several of the methods used on this box were first timers for me-that I learned from Tommy Mac’s Rough Cut episode on keepsake boxes.

Finish is 4 coats of shellac and buffed out with Briwax.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 04:52 PM

Beautiful box Bill

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 05:46 PM

That is so pleasing and lovely.

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 01:50 AM

Very nice. Hard to beat birdseye maple/walnut combination. Love the feet!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 01:53 AM

Excellent work, Bill!

And don’t worry about minor flaws—no one else but you will ever know they exist!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 12-22-2012 01:59 PM

Really nice…......as somewhat of a box maker myself, I always enjoy looking at other woodworkers pieces. This one and the others on your projects page are all very nicely done. Good work!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana, http://www.oldaveswoodshop.com

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#6 posted 12-24-2012 02:59 AM

Guys, thanks for all the nice compliments. They are greatly appreciated.

Happy Holidays to you all!

Bill in MI

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