Daughters Wedding Cake stand / keep sake box

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Project by Lee Leitner posted 04-27-2014 07:33 PM 1671 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been out of the shop awhile due to kidney stones and the surgery associated with it so I have not really been able to finish anything right now. My daughter asked me to build her a cake stand so I have been doing a bit at a time over the last few month and finally finished it. I thought about what I wanted to do with it. What I came up with is a cake stand with closing lid that can also be used as a wedding keep sake box. The wood I used is purple heart, wenge and curly maple. The corners I used double, double corner post dove tails. The lid I used half lap and flushed the top and bottom with a jack plane. The bottom ledge I put an Ogee on and slotted the bottom to fit the side overlap giving it allot of strength. The string inlay on the front, bake and sides is maple. I lined the bottom inside with a fabric she picked out. Upholstery is not my strong point, I may redo that part. I am also considering putting an inlay letter on top (first letter of her new last name) but I have not decided on that as of yet. Easy enough to do later. The finish is true oil.

-- Lee

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#1 posted 04-27-2014 07:57 PM

I like the stringing. It really dresses it up nicely.
Looks beautiful.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 04-27-2014 08:04 PM

Top notch work amazing workmanship.


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#3 posted 04-28-2014 12:04 AM

Wow Lee, I’m totally impressed and humbled to see it. This is beautiful and something she will cherish for all of her life and perhaps pass down to one of her children. I hope you signed it somewhere…............ Please
I do have a little purpleheart but I’ve never worked with wenge. This is really special and I am totally overwhelmed.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Lee Leitner

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 01:12 AM

Ken…wenge can be a bit rough…it has a tendency to splinter and chip allot…it is hard to sand and sucks up oil like sand but it is one of the richest woods I work with. it really does good for accents. It takes much patients and practice to work wenge for fine furniture and it is so expensive that I would not recommend it for a large project your first few times working with it. I would maybe try some out for accent on pieces with contrasting woods till you get a feel for it. I have used it on many projects and have a good feel for it. I would never recommend it for a corner post like the dovetail on this box unless you are prepared to scrap 50% of your attempts. I got lucky and paid very close attention to selection and grain density and only had to scrap one piece.

-- Lee

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#5 posted 04-29-2014 03:35 AM

Wow! What incredible craftsmanship! Your daughter must have been elated to have something so beautiful!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 04-29-2014 09:18 PM

That’s a beautiful box. Well done.

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#7 posted 04-30-2014 04:20 PM

Super nice. Those dovetails are terrific.

Yes, sign and date it.

-- --Bob

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