Keepsake boxes

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Project by DouginVa posted 550 days ago 1342 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple keepsake boxes (plans from Woodsmith). The one on the left is walnut with a quilted maple veneer. The one on the right is white oak with a walnut burl veneer surrounded by a zebra wood inlay. The oak came from an old armoire and a barn. The walnut was from a locally haravested tree in a persons backyard. He was making room for an addition, had the wood milled up, but got too old to make use of it. He then sold it at an estate sale and that’s where I scarfed it up.

Solid brass hardware (knobs & hinges), padded suede tex drawer and lid liners, danish oil and wipe on poly finish, with a light coat of wax. The box is jointed with a splined miter.

I’m not great with veneering yet, but I’m getting better with each project. I finally found a good trick for inlay work. I always found it difficult to rout the groove at the best depth. So now I route the groove a little shallow then I hit the groove with a router plane until it’s just right. That way I dont risk sanding or scraping the inlay or veneer too low to bring them on to the same plane/level.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 550 days ago

Really nice work. Both look great. I like the walunt one a little more but both a really nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 550 days ago

Walnut is my fav too. But the blue suede tex makes the othe one pop. I brought in my consultant, the wife, on this one.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#3 posted 550 days ago

These are great looking boxes. Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 550 days ago

Nice! Especially like the bookmatched walnut veneer and the zebrano border.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 550 days ago

Beautiful work. I don’t think your work gets enough credit for its beauty.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 550 days ago

Great boxes and very well done.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 550 days ago

Both very nicely done. I like the false drawer fronts on there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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