Keepsake Boxes

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Project by Friendlysb posted 11-11-2013 04:44 PM 2048 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are 2 Keepsake Boxes I made for my son and daughter. My son’s was made from Curly Maple/Walnut, and my daughters was done with Curly maple/Purpleheart. The dovetails are handcut, and the hinge for the lid was done with a maple dowel in the side of the box that when into the side of the top.

The dowels were probably the hardest thing to get just right. I had a little drilling jig that I used that had a hole bored in it from a drill press, but for some reason the holes weren’t drilling straight still.

For the finish, I started with 1 coat of Boiled linseed oil, then I did 2 coats of aerosol shellac then I used Arm R Seal Satin. I also made an additional 5 more boxes for my nieces and nephew and for those I skipped the Arm R Seal and went with padding shellac. I like the padded shellac a lot better for this project than the arm r seal.

does anyone have an ideas for making the curl standout more while still keeping the maple light. I am starting to work on a jewelry box for my wife and I was going to use Curly maple for the drawers and wanted to give the curly figure a cherry color while having the non curly area still light.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 05:54 PM

Very nicely done—especially the hand cut dovetails!

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 03:02 AM

Friend, this is skillfully done. I like the lift design and the wood choices. The dovetails are a work of art. I may have made the sides a bit thinner on a small box.

My method of finish is posted here. It will yellow the maple a bit, but you might try a coat of Tung Oil to start the process in place of the BLO. I just don’t like stains. I tend to like a bit of brown…like white oak…in the contrasting wood to walnut, but that is strictly a matter of taste. Cherry and maple look good together if the maple has a bit of pink in it. This shows maple paired with koa..

When you have time and energy, you might want to improve your home page so we could get to know you a bit better. Keep boxing and keep posting.

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 03:50 AM

Boxguy, thanks for your thoughts. Yeah I agree that I should have made the sides smaller. The walnut sides were shy of 3/4” and the Purple Heart was closer to 7/8”. They had a little too much weight to them. I have been wanting to try using tung oil. It is amazing at how many different ways there to finish and I am trying to expand my skill set with everything in wood working and finishing.

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 06:21 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


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#5 posted 11-12-2013 08:05 AM

Friend, nice improvements on the home page. Thanks.

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 05:00 PM

Looks fantastic, attractive wood combo, like the beautiful lid and the dovetails are amazing. Great job!

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 05:04 PM

Nice work and will make great gifts. I’m sure they were pleased with them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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