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Walnut Memento Chest (Extra Large Keepsake Box)

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Project by BlairHarp posted 02-19-2014 03:39 AM 1490 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This large box is made from Walnut with Curly Maple accents. It was made as a commission piece to be used as a treasure box for a newborn granddaughter. She intends to collect special items while the child is growing up and will give the box full of these treasures to her when she is older.

The box has a raised floating panel lid, corner splines and removable trays. I made the dividers in the trays removable and adjustable since at this point no one knows what will be put into the box over the years. The 2 main decorations on the box are the silver onlay’d monogram which was made by the clients place of work (she works at a custom Jewelry maker) and the customized message on a piece of Curly Maple mounted on the inside of the lid. She sent me a handwritten note and I used the laser printer heat transfer method to put place the note in her original handwritting.

The project is finished with a light stain on the walnut to even out the small areas of sapwood, clear is a gloss polyurethane on the walnut. A Tung Oil finish was used on the maple to help bring out the grain.

Overall I think the project turned out nice, the box is pretty heavy and should be strong enough to last many years of collecting trinkets and memories.

Blair





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#1 posted 02-19-2014 03:51 AM

Very well done, looks like it will be true treasure chest.

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 04:35 AM

I love the piece on top. I’d love to be able to do something like that out of brass or a similar material

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 04:37 AM

I’ve thought about doing that heat transfer before. How did you do it and how do you finish over it? I’ve also wondered if the laser printing has to be very fresh for it to work because i’d have to do the printing at work or office depot.

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 04:39 AM

That is one very nice keepsake box. The inclusion of the monogram is a nice touch. The customised message also makes the box unique and special for the recipient. Can you elaborate on the method of transferring the contents of the letter to the piece of curly maple.
Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 04:54 AM

@TRHeath and ruddy -

The heat transfer method is something I have been doing for a few years…I print the image that I want to transfer on a laser printer (that part is important, laser printers work by heat fusion so you are basically reversing the process, Inkjet printers won’t work for this). I have not found that the age of the print has much impact on the quality of the transfer, some printers do transfer darker than others though. If you are printing text remember to print it mirrored, in MS Word you can do that with word art text. For this, since I started with a scanned note I printed the image mirrored (I think that is a function of the printer to be able to do it…a workaround I have used in the past is to print to a PDF using Adobe Acrobat if the printer I am using does not support mirror printing).

I then cut out and use some blue tape to create a hinge to hold the image in place and allow frequent lifting and re-placing of the paper as you heat transfer. I use a clothes iron set to high,

I have found that the finer you sand the wood and the less pronounced the grain the better the transfer will work. On this since the maple is hard and tight grained it works great. Doing the transfer on oak for example tends to give a more rustic look. Finishing has been pretty straight forward also…in this one I went over with a tung oil varnish then a few coats of a spray lacquer. On other projects I have used polyurethane. So far I have not had any issues with finish getting at the ink from the transfer.

I saw that Jay Bates posted a video a few weeks ago to Youtube recently with a good walk through on this type of method.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEdmQRduUww

Hope this helps.

Blair

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 05:38 AM

Thanks Blair. I’ve been thinking of making a pistol box with the 2nd Amendment printed on top or at least Keep and Bear Arms in a really nice font with maybe an eagle or something else on it.

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 05:04 PM

Great keepsake and thanks for the great tip on transferring a logo, very cool Blair

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#8 posted 02-20-2014 05:07 AM

Thank you Blair.
I shall try this process, I think it has quite a few possibilities.

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#9 posted 02-22-2014 06:32 PM

For the printout. Does it have to be a laser printer or can it be a copier that uses toner?

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#10 posted 02-22-2014 06:34 PM

The copier should be OK, the key in doing it with heat is the toner.

Good Luck. Post up a project with pictures of what you end up with.

Blair

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#11 posted 02-22-2014 06:56 PM

Thanks again Blair

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