Birthday Box for Mom--82 years young

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This box is intended to be a present for my mother who will turn 82 on February 3. We will combine a birthday celebration with watching the Superbowl! The box is made from cherry. The top of the box is made from aspen (white), red oak (center six-pointed star), douglas fir and poplar (light brown). The bottom of the box, the bottom of the inset tray, and inside of the lid are lined with goat skin leather. The splines are walnut. The small inset tray is made from cherry. The finish is several layers of amber shellac. I made a small button on the front center of the lid of three pieces, poplar, aspen, and douglas fir, for visual interest. The hinges are brass and mortised into place. The box will hold two decks of playing cards from a specialty photography company. The backs of the two decks will have contrasting images of my mother’s farm which is quite pretty. The decks fit into the inset tray. The bottom section of the box holds dice and small ballpoint pens for keeping score of games played.

Now I must thank the Lumberjocks who gave me assistance in completion of this project:




and blogs by SPalm and dustbunny

I knew I wanted to make a few projects based on quilt block patterns and these Lumberjocks kindly shared their assistance. Thank you.

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#1 posted 539 days ago

very cool box, and a great lid design. But you know what’s even better? You crediting the folks who shared here on LJ’s. So many folks share & never get any credit or just a thanks. Good on you.

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#2 posted 539 days ago

This turned out great,a wonderful gift for your mother.

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#3 posted 538 days ago

Good looking box and it will make a good gift!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 538 days ago

Very Nice.
Quite whimsical with all the change of color. That is really cool.

Good job,

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#5 posted 538 days ago

GO (MOM) TEAM !!!!

a wonderful thought
and a great gift

you honor all LJ’s thru this
learning is for all

but yourself the most
by doing


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#6 posted 538 days ago

That is really fantastic! I am very impressed!

-- "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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#7 posted 538 days ago

Very beautiful !!
Glad to know the blog was helpful.
As you can see the patterns are endless….
Keep up the great work, mom will be proud I am sure :-)


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#8 posted 538 days ago

What a fantastic do beautiful work!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 538 days ago

That top is just amazing. The star appears and disappears depending on how you look at it. I’ve got to go study those blogs. Happy 82nd to your Mom. You demonstarted some real talent on this one!

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

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#10 posted 536 days ago

Amazing box! Like the beautiful pattern on the top, great wood combo and joinery. Mom will be proud and happy.


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