Keepsake Boxes

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Project by grace123 posted 11-26-2013 12:12 AM 1264 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these boxes from a plan purchased online at

The plan is called a “tile-topped keepsake box”. My original idea was to use my odds and ends of wood for these boxes. The plan called for quarter-sawn white oak or cherry. I have bits and pieces of leftover wood that I wanted to use, and my intent was to paint the boxes with an antique look and insert a ceramic tile. On box lid was made from a bit of left-over curly cherry. It was rather pretty so I used a clear finish and inserted a portrait of my dad. The remainder of the box is poplar. My dad died 7 seven years ago and this box will be a gift for my mother on Christmas. The green box is poplar as well. The lid contains a tile showing a drawing of a very old tractor.

For both boxes I altered the plan a little bit. The plan suggests using a piece of wood as a “tile keeper”. I used a piece of cardboard covered in velvet. I held the tile and picture in place with glazing points and then covered that with velvet. Both boxes are lined with velvet fabric. I have five more similar boxes to complete as gifts for my brothers and sisters. As it is exactly one month away from Christmas Day, Merry Christmas to all and happy times in the shop.

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#1 posted 11-26-2013 11:26 AM

A couple of nice little keepsake boxes Grace….well done.

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#2 posted 12-01-2013 02:27 PM

I likes em. In Christmas colors also. Way kool

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#3 posted 12-01-2013 02:33 PM

I like the design of these boxes.

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#4 posted 12-01-2013 02:35 PM

These look really nice and look like they would be fun to make. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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