Cherry and Walnut Burl Keepsake Box

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Project by jswoodworker posted 06-23-2014 10:52 PM 1825 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this keepsake box for my wife as a ten year anniversary gift. The box is made from cherry with walnut splined miters. The top is walnut burl veneer with inlay banding and a cherry frame.

I started out making the box itself, using a piece of ply for the bottom. Then I added the walnut splines to the miter joints. Next, I cut the sides at a slight angle, giving the box a more sculpted shape and making the splines appear to be different sizes.

For the top, I attached walnut burl veneer to two sides of a piece of ply. Then routed the edge to accept the inlay and cherry frame. I shaped the frame to complement the box.

I finished the box with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal and a coat of wax. I attached the lid with a brass piano hinge and chain. Then lined the bottom of the box with felt.

You can see more on this and other projects I’ve done at John’s Woodworking Creations on Facebook.

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#1 posted 06-24-2014 01:26 AM

Very attractive—nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 06-24-2014 03:43 AM

I’ve built several of these boxes from FWW magazine. You stuck closer to their plan than I did. I just can’t do plans all that well. Nice job. Bet she likes it

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 06-24-2014 11:37 AM

Great looking box,,,how thick were the 4 sides prior to tappering them?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#4 posted 06-24-2014 03:06 PM

Thanks for the comments! The sides started out 5/8” before tapering.

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