Birdseye maple and walnut wedding photo box

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Project by lightweightladylefty posted 01-10-2015 01:33 AM 2208 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was made as a wedding gift for my niece and her husband. The box is approximately 8” high by 13½” deep by 12¼” wide. The main body is made from birdseye maple. The bass top is wood-burned and colored with pencils, then bordered with walnut. The miter keys and dust lip are walnut. The interior dividers are bass and walnut.

The picture frame inside is glued up from poplar and walnut according to the pattern of the router bit. I used rare earth magnets to attach the frame inside the box so the couple can remove the frame and change the photo.

The hinge is made using Shipwright’s method.

Thanks for taking a look!


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 01:38 AM

Wow! It is beautiful! Nice job! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 03:08 AM

Nicely done! It will be a treasured memory. Hope you signed it. Did you use a stencil? Or do you write that well?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 03:19 AM

Sheila, Thanks for the encouragement!

Doc, I hope it will be used and appreciated! I decoupaged a little label on the back: “Designed and hand-crafted by . . .” The lettering is traced on this one.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 05:11 AM

LWLL, there are lots of things to like in this box. Whatever method you used to do the lettering works well. The interior lay-out is well organized and well done. The finger-friendly dips in the dividers are a thoughtful addition. The frame and magnet combo is a good idea. I like the clamshell hinge. I would have added a stop chain to take the strain off of the wooden hinge when the box is fully open. The varied lengths on the corner splines look good and might also serve a mechanical purpose.

You might consider using a biscuit joiner to cut the slot for the finger lift into the top instead of just mortising onto the edge. You can narrow the lift to the biscuit size and shape, or put one side of the biscuit into the lift and the other side into the box top. First, put the slot into a larger piece and then cut it down to lift size.

Nice job on the finish and the lip at the point where the top and bottom join. There are a great many really nice techniques used in the construction here. You have solved and mastered a whole range of technical problems. Having a lip on just three sides is one of them. Congratulations on a job very well done. This seemingly simple box demonstrates a high number of very advanced techniques. You are a master craftsperson. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 07:23 AM

Simple elegance Lefty. Nice work, looks great from here.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 09:09 AM

Beautiful, Lefty! Very thoughtful and well made gift to start them on their journey. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 06:12 PM

Beautifully done Lefty. This is really nice. I am going to make some sort of box for my wifes nephew and his bride this June (2015), so, I’m getting some ideas.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Donna Menke

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#8 posted 01-10-2015 06:15 PM

Great job on design and execution. It will be treasured for generations.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#9 posted 01-11-2015 12:02 AM

Very nicely done—great wedding present!

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 01-15-2015 02:52 AM

It is just beautiful!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 01-15-2015 03:14 AM

Thanks for all the encouraging remarks. This is probably the last box for a while. I need to get on with more practical projects. ;-)


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#12 posted 01-15-2015 04:37 AM

What can be more practical than a wonderful gift like this? I agree with TopamaxSurvivior. Wonderful simplicity.

-- Stevo

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#13 posted 02-10-2015 08:25 AM

I like it, nice box.

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

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