Walnut Keepsake Box

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Project by jasondain posted 06-03-2013 05:26 PM 5714 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a walnut keepsake box that I made for a friend to give to his wife to keep things related to their new baby due anytime now. I found a similar box here I liked but wanted to use walnut lumber and hand-cut dovetails instead. I also liked the way the lid works rather than building the box and sawing off the lid as some do. It is about 12”w x 7”d x 4.5”h and is joined using through dovetails cut by hand. The bottom is captured in a 1/4” groove that is stopped at the dovetail mark line so no gap can be seen and is made from solid walnut. The lid is made with bridle joints and the panel is made from Roasted Birdseye maple. The slot for opening the lid was made with a core box bit on the router table instead of using brass hardware. For the hardware, I used Brusso box hinges that help keep the lid from flopping over. The finish used I was Tried and True original wood finish.

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 06:16 PM

Nice looking box!

-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX

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#2 posted 06-03-2013 07:30 PM

Simple and elegant…I like it a lot…

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#3 posted 06-03-2013 08:04 PM

This is a very nice box. I love the walnut.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 06-03-2013 11:26 PM

Great looking project—nicely done!

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

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#5 posted 06-04-2013 12:36 AM

Beautiful wood choices, great joinery, and flawless finish. Whats not to love?

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

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#6 posted 06-04-2013 01:43 AM

Beautiful job displaying beautiful wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 06-04-2013 03:06 AM

somewhat wonderful

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#8 posted 06-04-2013 03:47 AM

I really love this box.

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#9 posted 06-04-2013 01:38 PM

Very nice, I like the way the lid lies down between the two raised sides of the box – gives a nice and different look to the box.

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#10 posted 06-04-2013 01:56 PM

great wood. nice design. very classy. that will make a fine hand down to the new baby when he/she goes off and his/her own.

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#11 posted 06-04-2013 04:49 PM

Very pretty box….and really good joinery, I like it very much.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#12 posted 06-05-2013 02:25 AM

Great job. Very nice looking box.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 06-06-2013 02:54 PM

It looks fantastic, great woods and joinery. Like the design, very well crafted. Great job!

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#14 posted 06-06-2013 03:02 PM

Nice good lookin’ box. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 06-12-2013 11:45 PM

Great looking box!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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