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Keepsake box for my daughter

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Project by jdalbrecht posted 08-18-2013 at 04:28 PM 989 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for my 3 year old daughter to hold her first piece of jewelry. It is made from solid purpleheart with ebony and maple on the accent strips on top and maple “legs”. It is my first attempt at building a box as well as my first attempt at doing a French polish and my first time mortising for quadrant hinges and a lock. for some reason I decided to do very small mortise and tenon joints to connect the sides to the maple legs (much more trouble than it was worth). Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it came out, although the tiny quadrant hinges and lock were a bit of a challenge for me.





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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 08-18-2013 at 04:50 PM

Quite a nice box, there. for your first attempt, you went all out. The excellent craftsmanship is evident.
I’ve never done a quadrant hinge. How did they challenge you?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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jdalbrecht

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#2 posted 08-18-2013 at 05:47 PM

Gene,
Thanks for the compliment. I only went all out because it was a pretty small project. This was also the first project that I completed (aside from home improvement stuff) since High school woodshop about 20 years ago. I found that cutting out the channel for the curved part of the hinge was tough. I didn’t really do much research ahead of time, just thought the quadrant hinges looked nice so I went with them. I had particular trouble because of the way I did the maple legs. I had to mortise out the channel partly in the purpleheart and partly in the back legs because of the placement of the hinges. It took me a bit of fiddling, but I managed to get them done so that they work smoothly.

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aussiedave

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#3 posted 08-18-2013 at 06:48 PM

A beautiful box, looks great ….well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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lobro4

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#4 posted 08-18-2013 at 09:47 PM

You have made the best gift a father can give a daughter. To her it will be worth millions. It is a beautiful build.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#5 posted 08-19-2013 at 05:03 AM

Nice looking box I like the purpleheart wood. I wrote a blog on how I install quadrant hinges which may help you the next time.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#6 posted 08-20-2013 at 06:59 PM

Beautiful box, I would love seeing more pictures of it.

-- John, South Dakota

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#7 posted 08-22-2013 at 08:40 AM

Congrats! Your first box really came out looking great. Like the wood combo and finish, very attractive. Well done!

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#8 posted 08-22-2013 at 08:45 AM

You’ve done a fine job on that box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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