Old Box Project- Soft Maple & Purpleheart

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Project by rtbrmb posted 258 days ago 1902 views 22 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the first box projects that I completed, it was a Christmas gift for my daughter in 2009.

I used left-over soft maple from my workbench & purpleheart. In the tray I installed a musical movement of “Daddy’s Little Girl”. I made the middle splines a bit longer so they protrude through the side of the box to support the tray. I also used a detachable base that can be used as a hidden compartment (picture #4).

I had a local woodworking supplier CNC router the initial on the birdseye maple lid & I filled w/darkened epoxy & a matching 1/16” band around the edge of the top.

Its always funny looking back at projects completed years ago and wondering why I did things a certain way.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 258 days ago

That’s a good idea with the splines supporting the tray. I’ll have to remember that one.

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#2 posted 258 days ago

I’ve heard of using splines as a tray support, very nice.

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#3 posted 258 days ago

Great job, neat idea for inlay and tray support.

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#4 posted 258 days ago

Now thats some ingenuity right there!

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#5 posted 258 days ago

NICE box.

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#6 posted 258 days ago

Nice box. I also like and will remember the spline/box shelf idea.

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#7 posted 258 days ago

I love it. Great colour combination and finish.
Well done. Thanks for showing.

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#8 posted 258 days ago

Quite a beautiful box, great workmanship and attention to detail. The spline support idea is very clever. Nice finishing of interior. An all around fine box.

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#9 posted 257 days ago

A very nice box and the wood used is beautiful…very cool idea using the corner spline as support for the inside tray….excellent job.

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#10 posted 256 days ago

Beautiful box! Can you describe the epoxy process in a little more detail? I would love to try it!

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#11 posted 256 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


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#12 posted 256 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments. I was hesitant to post another box project but my 11-year old daughter convinced me to add this to the website.

sgtq- the epoxy process is basically filling the routed void w/60 minute epoxy colored with paint from an art store, found with their paint supplies. It comes in tubes, like toothpaste, and has hundreds of color options. After the void is filled I swipe over it with my heat gun to release any bubbles that could show up in the finish.
If it’s really heavy in some spots I use a sharp chisel to remove some of the excess nd then sand with a RO sander.

I have started to tape off lids before they are routed, to help with the epoxy clean up. If you have any more questions feel free to ask.

Thanks again.

Bill in MI

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#13 posted 255 days ago

That is a beautiful, elegant box. I love the spline support of the tray. This will be a favorite for me!

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