Memento box

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Project by emetric posted 03-01-2013 04:37 AM 1818 views 12 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 03-01-2013 04:45 AM

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

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

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 04:54 AM

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 03-01-2013 07:26 AM

Awesome job. Love the wood.

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

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#4 posted 03-01-2013 09:34 AM

What a beauty! Love the wood!

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

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#5 posted 03-01-2013 12:09 PM

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

-- Tommy,

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#6 posted 03-01-2013 02:29 PM

Terrific looking box.

-- Ron in Kokomo

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#7 posted 03-01-2013 06:01 PM

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 03-02-2013 02:00 AM

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 03-02-2013 02:29 AM

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 03-03-2013 05:55 AM

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 03-03-2013 01:53 PM

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 03-04-2013 08:12 AM

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

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#13 posted 03-04-2013 03:34 PM

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

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