Knife presentation box for Eagle Scout

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Project by Miranthis posted 12-02-2015 03:41 PM 3018 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this knife custom made for my Eagle Scout Son’s Court of honor. It needed a box, so I built one. Purpleheart with a tiger maple Top. Maple through splines on the corners. Popped the grain of the lid and treated the shelf and body with the Wood Whisperer’s trick of shellac and vintage maple transtint. The tray is garden variety maple. I used Krazen foam and covered it in the same crushed velvet I lined the box bottom with. I inset the eagle coin he got from council int he interior lid into a cavity I made with a Forster bit. Hinges are brusso stop hinges and I finished the whole thing with 6 coats of Arm-R-Seal.

Should have room for some of his Eagle Scout memorabilia in there as well. I hope he keeps it and shows it to his kids (and thinks of me, I hope) when they get their Eagles …:-)

My youngest will probably need “his box” in another year to 18 months, but he has developed a fondness for Cocobolo….caviar taste, that one…:-)

Jeff in KC

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#1 posted 12-02-2015 03:45 PM

Nice work and a beautiful box. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 05:58 PM

Great job. I got my dad some knives and a cleaver for Christmas, and I was gonna make him a box for it, and it’s a good thing I saw this, because this double-layered box is much better than what I was gonna do.

-- It ain't custom unless you fucked it up.

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#3 posted 12-02-2015 08:17 PM

Great job. I got my dad some knives and a cleaver for Christmas, and I was gonna make him a box for it, and it s a good thing I saw this, because this double-layered box is much better than what I was gonna do.

- Kennethjg

First off, Thanks! I originally made the splines go through to the interior of the box as I hoped to make one level of them the support for the shelf. But, the spacing that looked good on the outside did not make for a good shelf level on the inside. I have to say that a lot of my ‘research’ on this project was on this site, so hope you get some inspiration (and look past my mistakes :-) ) Hope to see your finished box as well.

Jeff in KC

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#4 posted 12-03-2015 04:39 AM

Great job and congratulations on your son earning his Eagle Scout. I know this is something he will always treasure along with his Scouting achievement. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is one of the highlights in life that one always carries with pride, regardless of life’s further successes, for it is the first step to such successes.

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

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#5 posted 12-03-2015 07:20 AM

Miranthis, nice work. I like the look and design. Congratulations to your son for earning his Eagle, and to you for supporting his quest.

As food for thought, you might check some of these links. They are arranged by topics. The links about rounding corners and edges might be of special interest. Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?

Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like the one pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Finishing tips:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Adding splines to a box:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making sliding trays: for inside boxes:
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Making a serving tray with angled sides.
Roy Underhill's tool tote.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 12-03-2015 02:43 PM

This is an amazing looking box. Nice work!

-- John, Illinois

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