Keepsake Box 21 yrs early

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Project by Tooch posted 06-07-2013 10:28 AM 3342 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A box I made for my friend Schmitty. He just had a son in early April, so I made this for him to keep until his son’s 21st Birthday. the box will hold two fifths (Jack Daniels and Jim Beam) and also has a small compartment that I plan on putting a letter to his son. On the inside of the lid there is an engraving of a cowboy riding off into the sunset and lyrics from one of my favorite songs. If you never heard “The Ride” by Chris LeDoux, I suggest you look it up on YouTube… awesome song. I don’t know if you’ll be able to read what the words are so here goes:

”Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high,
Keep your eyes fixed, where the trail meets the sky.
Live like you ain’t afraid to die,
And don’t be scared, just enjoy your ride.”

I was going to wait until Monday to give this to Schmitty as Monday is his birthday. However, his dad just lost his battle with cancer yesterday, and Monday will also be the memorial service and wake. I don’t know if now would be a good time to give this to him or not, but I think I’m gonna take it over tonight.

As far as the box itself, its made from oak with walnut accents on the lid and feet. I finished it with two coats of tung oil, although I have mixed feelings about how it came out.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 11:22 AM

Really nice box Tooch, the two contrasting woods work well…excellent choice.

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

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#2 posted 06-07-2013 12:15 PM

Very handsome looking box. As Dave said the two contrasting woods look great together.
Very fine work Tooch!

-- 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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#3 posted 06-07-2013 01:02 PM

This box is beautiful. Congratulations.

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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#4 posted 06-07-2013 03:11 PM

Awesome idea, and well done.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 06-07-2013 04:40 PM

Wonderful, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#6 posted 06-08-2013 12:51 AM

Very nice gift box.

I’m a Chris LeDoux fan also

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

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#7 posted 06-08-2013 01:25 AM

Really nice box, how do you engrave wood ?

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 06-08-2013 02:24 PM

Thanks for all of the comments- tomd as for the engraving, we have a laser engraver at work that I am able to do text and pictures. It works with design software similar to MS word and hooks up to the computer just like printer.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#9 posted 06-10-2013 04:46 PM

Wonderful and well designed box! A great gift for a friend that will surely be appreciated.

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#10 posted 09-16-2013 12:39 PM

Very very nice!

-- Chip, Massachusetts

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