Keepsake Box

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Project by staryder posted 02-24-2013 12:54 AM 2224 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There were several first for me on this box, so it was a learning experience, which is always the best kind…. This is a keepsake box that is 10”wide X 6”deep by 4”high, made with Tiger Maple, Cherry Corner Posts, Cherry Lid Inlays, leather in the bottom and a Marine Challenge Coin inset in the lid covered with System Three Mirror Coat it was finished with a Beall Wood Buff System. I did a panel lid with mitered frame a first, the corner posts were a first as well. This is also the first time I have tried the Beall System, which I was really impressed with. This box is for my daughter to give to her Former Marine Crossfit Trainer. My daughter is running her first marathon this weekend (I’m so proud) and wanted to give it to her tomorrow. So time was of the essence. She made several design changes from the original plan that I had created. She did not want feet on the box or a finger groove for the lid. I originally planned for the lid to hangover but we both agreed it looked better flush to the box. I think I should have added splines in the frame for appearance as strength was not needed it has a 3/16” floating tenon all the way around between the frame and lid. I am sure I will do this project again polishing up on the lessons learned. My daughter is very happy with the box and to me that is what is most important….
Thanks for looking Rick….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 01:40 AM

Wow! That is pretty fancy and all your “firsts” look like they worked perfectly. That ought to make that jarhead happy! LOL Bets of luck to your daughter in the marathon.

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

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 02:59 AM

Beautiful box!!!!

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 04:07 AM

Nice job, good choice for woods and hardware.

Good luck on the marathon.

-- Nicky

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 04:07 AM

The Marine Corp logo makes this project PERFECT! Semper Fi! Nice work.

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 04:19 AM

What a great looking box, and great design! If a lot of this was “firsts ” I’ll be waiting to see what the third or fourth ones look like!! Hope your daughter does well….and hope the Marine likes it….but I’ve got to say “GO NAVY! “

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 04:43 AM

Very well done : )

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 05:37 AM

This is a beautiful looking box. All your first worked out well.
Thank you for sharing your project and thank you for the nice story.
I wish your daughter good luck in the marathon!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 12:14 PM

Thank you all for the kind words. This was a different project than my normal Domino Sets, plus there was a real time crunch to get it done. Hopefully I will have a more leisure trip on the next one and I can add a thing or two. Again Thank you all your words are truly an inspiration to myself and many others who share their work here….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 01:01 PM

Very fantastic for your 1st. Wow!

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

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#10 posted 02-24-2013 01:51 PM

Very nicely done and your firsts turned out quite well.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 02-24-2013 03:41 PM

Great job. This is one good looking box, nice details.

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

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#12 posted 02-25-2013 01:26 AM

Update…. My daughter Sara finished her first Half Marathon by running the entire 13.1 miles in just over 3 and a 1/2 hours. The new owner of the Keepsake Box, Candice was completely stunned as she knew nothing about it. It was given to her for all the things she has done to help my daughter along her journey to where she is today. She told my daughter that it would be displayed proudly with her and her husbands USMC display. Overall the day was a complete success. I’m so proud of my daughter in her first marathon and very pleased that Candice loved her gift.

Thanks for all the great comments they were also greatly appreciated….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#13 posted 02-25-2013 01:46 AM

That looks like you all turned out to be winners.

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#14 posted 02-25-2013 04:39 AM

Very well done, thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 02-26-2013 03:52 AM

Beautiful wood and work. I hope to see future ‘attempts’! It would be interesting to see some corner detail on the lid to compliment the dovetails.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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