Memento box

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Project by emetric posted 511 days ago 1562 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a memento box for a very good friend to keep the special mementos that one collects as they raise their first child. I wanted to make something special for our friend now that her new baby has arrived. She lives in New York so I wanted to make something small enough to travel. So this is what I came up with. The box is made of spalted magnolia, stripe mahogany, and wenge. I shaped the handle area with a chisel, a file, and sandpaper to make it seem like it flows out of the edge of the lid. the trays, base, splines, and breadboard ends are all mahogany while the body is spalted magnolia with a wenge handle. I used small solid brass hinges which are mortised into the top edge of the box. The lids reveal in the back also functions as a stop. I also lined the bottoms with an embossed felt in a chocolate color. All in all I am pretty pleased with the outcome. All comments are welcome as usual.

-- "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it." Master Oogway

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#1 posted 511 days ago

Beautiful box! Your friend is going to be very happy to receive this gift! Nice work!

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

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#2 posted 511 days ago

wow thats the first time I’ve seen spalted magnolia and I really like it. I hope my boxes look this nice one day.

-- mike c

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#3 posted 511 days ago

Awesome job. Love the wood.

-- 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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#4 posted 511 days ago

What a beauty! Love the wood!

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

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#5 posted 511 days ago

Beautiful piece and I would love to have some of that wood. Amazing spalting.

-- Tommy,

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#6 posted 511 days ago

Terrific looking box.

-- Ron in Kokomo

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#7 posted 511 days ago

Beautiful! Your friend is so lucky to have such a fine piece and even luckier to have a friend like you.

-- Michael, Erie PA

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#8 posted 510 days ago

this is a really beautiful box, i love the spalted wood and i like the way you did the top, im sure your friend will love this…really well done..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 510 days ago

Very nice! I love that spalted magnolia. That will be hard to come by here but I’ll be on the lookout for sick magnolias for sure now!

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

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#10 posted 509 days ago

Yeah that spolted Magnolia is nice. So is the box good job.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#11 posted 509 days ago

Beautiful box and beautiful wood. 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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#12 posted 508 days ago

Spalted magnolia is impressive. Love your box. The treatment of the lid lift is especially beautiful.

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#13 posted 508 days ago

Gorgeous box made from amazing spalted magnolia. Great design and splines and love the handles.

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