Quilt Block Keepsake Box

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Project by KevinH posted 07-07-2014 02:25 AM 2071 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second keepsake (memory) box I’ve made. I acquired a Porter Cable dovetail jig since the first box and I like the results much better. The quilt pattern is “Single Wedding Ring” and the box is a wedding gift. Red oak sides, walnut and maple for the pattern pieces in the top.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 08:56 PM

I like the design of the lid of the box.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#2 posted 07-08-2014 07:21 AM

Kevin, I like the creative use of wood you have shown in making a quilting pattern out of two types of wood. Walnut and maple work, but what if you tried something really flashy like Purple Heart and Yellow Wood? Bloodwood and Box Wood could be interesting. You could even use actual quilting squares if you pull the cloth around a masonite board (with eased edges) to make the inserted top. Sew the cloth into a pocket that surrounds the board. When you are building the box you put the cloth and masonite board inside a plastic freezer bag. When the finish process is complete, cut the bag away and pull it off the box top.

I am not a big fan of plane sawn Red Oak. The grain is pretty open. For my own work, I don’t like dovetails, but do like corner splines. I like that you were careful with your dovetails and split them evenly at the point where you cut the lid off the base of the box. Nice job. Though I can see some mechanical advantage in the hook on the front, I think it detracts from the look. An embedded, rare earth magnet and a cut away finger lift might be an alternate choice.

In the spirit of sharing ideas, this link takes you to a box I made recently. At the bottom of the posting is a link index of ideas for making boxes. There are jig, finish, and build suggestions. I would suggest looking at the links on finish, hinges, and indents.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 07-08-2014 02:37 PM

This is beautiful and will make a wonderful gift.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 07-08-2014 06:28 PM

Nice top!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 07-08-2014 07:30 PM

Thank you all for your comments.

Al, I appreciate your feedback and encouragement. I have plenty of Red Oak from a tree we lost a few years ago, so I’ll continue to use that for a while and try some other types as I branch out. I have some Cherry, Walnut and Maple to use in the near future. Also some Osage Orange for the top pieces.

I tried mitered corners with hidden splines on the first box, but couldn’t get the miters to close properly. The hidden splines seemed to be a complicated and required a lot of fussing to make it work. I may try a box with exposed corner splines soon.

I’m still new at this. I’m learning so much as I work on each new project.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#6 posted 07-08-2014 09:13 PM

Kevin, if you are going to try exposed corner splines. Look here for a clamp. Here for a jig for 45s. Here for a slot cutting jig. Here for a spline making jig. I agree the hidden splines take too much fussing.

-- Big Al in IN

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