Liz's Birthday Box

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Project by rustfever posted 01-07-2013 05:47 PM 1416 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter celebrated her birthday yesterday. I made this little loose-lidded Keep Sake box out of Claro Walnut and Western Maple. I used my new box-joint sled I had just completed building from the plans in ‘Shop Notes’ volume 62.

In preparation of the finish, I sanded all of the wood down to 320 grit, than used the Beall Three Step waxing system. It took a bit over 3 hours to complete. The box is about 6” x 8” x 3.5”. The Maple was run to 0.524” and the Claro Walnut was run down to 0.658”.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 05:54 PM

Beautiful box that Claro walnut is really great

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 06:43 PM

Incredible top. Nice choice of woods and a great finish.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 08:20 PM

Beautiful box. She should love it.

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

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 10:27 PM

Fine job!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 01:10 AM

Ira—-very nice!

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 01:43 AM

Very nice gift .
The finish already has such depth to it ,just beautiful.

-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 01-08-2013 02:35 AM

Beautiful Ira.

Don’t you know that us woodworkers only worry about the nearest 1/8 of an inch. :>)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 01-08-2013 03:08 AM

Sorry about the 0.524” measurement. I just put on-line a 37” Wide belt Lobo sander. I now only work with calipers and to the nearest 1 thousands of an inch!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#9 posted 01-08-2013 04:52 PM

Hold the phone…that only took 3 hrs! :) It would have taken me 3 hrs to figure out how to cut the top!

Really nice, Ira. The lid is beautiful.


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#10 posted 01-08-2013 09:07 PM

I did not include ‘Thinking’ time. Yes, I had a bit of that.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#11 posted 01-08-2013 11:42 PM

I like the look, the top is really nice.

-- BD, where bad wood finds a home. Va

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