Custom Keepsake Box #1: The fun begins

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 08-21-2010 08:36 PM 3089 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been commissioned to create a custom keepsake box to be used as part of a wedding ceremony which has to incorporate a piece of green Irish Connemara marble. The client sent me a 12”x 12” piece of marble floor tile which I had to have cut into the appropriate sizes to be used for the sides and top of the box.
Photo of 12” x 12” Connemara Marble tile (color is greener than this pic)

I sent the client some pics of different woods and he decided to go with Fishtail oak mostly because of the color but I thought the grain patterns would compliment the texture of the marble too.

The biggest challenge was deciding how to build the box to show the sides and top pieces of marble but make it sturdy enough to hold the weight of the marble (8 lbs) and not be seen on the inside of the box. So after doing a little R&D I came up with a design which will be sturdy enough. I began by sizing the pieces for the fishtail oak frame segments to 1” square. Next I cut the pieces for the frames a couple of inches longer than needed and using a stop block on the miter saw cut double 45’s on one end of each piece.

The pieces of tile are 3/8” thick so using a 1/2” straight router bit on the router table I made slots 3/16” deep to accommodate the tile plus the wood backer on the inside of the box.

I had the tile cut so that I had 2—4”x4” pieces and 2—4” x 8” pieces for the sides of the box so after doing the grooves on the frame sections I was able to cut the frame sections to the proper lengths again using a stop block on the miter saw.

To be continued

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 08-21-2010 10:01 PM

Interesting, I’m looking forward to seeing the box come together.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#2 posted 08-21-2010 11:41 PM

you get some interesting commissions…i look forward to seeing this come together as well…never heard of fishtail oak…i looks like leopard wood to me…have fun with this…...are you going to incorporate any intarsia into this…or is that a dumb question…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 08-21-2010 11:58 PM

Hi Grizzman—you are right, fishtail oak is another name for leopardwood and no Intarsia on this one but have a couple of new patterns in the pipeline

-- Mike --

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#4 posted 08-22-2010 12:21 AM

If your making it, it is going to be special! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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