Emily's Keepsake Box

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Project by DrJosh posted 07-13-2013 02:56 AM 1080 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a keepsake box that I recently made as a high school graduation present for my niece. The box is made from ambrosia maple with walnut accents. The finish was simple wipe-on natural Danish oil that I buffed out just bring out the beauty of the wood and give it a warm glow. This box included many firsts for me, including producing really tight miters, adding decorative splines to the miters, the scrolling on the front/back, and mortising for a continuous hinge. I hadn’t been in the workshop for about 6 months before jumping into this project, so I’m very pleased with how the project turned out.

-- Nashville, TN

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#1 posted 07-13-2013 03:41 AM

Nice job.. Love that wood

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 07-13-2013 03:51 AM

Really pretty! Lucky niece.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#3 posted 07-13-2013 04:47 AM

Nice looking box. Beautiful looking wood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 07-13-2013 06:08 AM

Beautifully done. I love the walnut accents.

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#5 posted 07-13-2013 10:22 AM

Very nice box it looks great..nice job.

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

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#6 posted 07-13-2013 01:47 PM

This is a nice box and I really love the wood.

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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#7 posted 07-14-2013 12:46 AM

A very classy box. All of your firsts turned out well. Now it’s time for your first wooden hinges!

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

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#8 posted 07-14-2013 01:00 AM

Wow, what a pretty box Josh, I am sure the Emily will love this and treasure it forever!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 07-16-2013 02:43 PM

Lovely box! Great design, wood combination and joinery. I’m sure Emily likes it. Great job!

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