Box with Inlay Heart

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Project by christopherw posted 08-15-2009 10:18 PM 2355 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was made with wood from my father’s workshop. He was quite the woodworker, and try as he might, he couldn’t impart this love to me. When he died in 1995 his shop sat for years. Finally, I brought the tools to my barn and began to play with them and found that I really liked piddling around with them. A few months ago I found a stash of wood that he had. I thought it might be neat to build a box for my daughter out of wood from the grandfather she never met. This was my first attempt at doing an inlay. If you notice, I don’t give you a close up look at it. I’m sure that it will end up with a few dings since she is only 5, but oh well.

-- CSW

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#1 posted 08-15-2009 10:33 PM

Nice looking box and some great memories.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#2 posted 08-15-2009 10:37 PM

Very, very nice box and a job well done!
“I” didn’t see anything wrong at all with the inlay and it is so nice to see that you took on this challenge and guess what, you succeded with flying colors. I am sure that your daughter will enjoy this and keep it for an heirloom for many, many years to come.

It is even more special with all the memories of your Dad, that is so wonderful !

A big welcome to LJ’s, the most addictive site on the internet !

Keep those projects coming…..........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 08-15-2009 10:40 PM

I notice that the front wraps around both sides.. nice touch.. splines too..and IMHO the inlay looks ok from here.
Me thinks that you have learned a lot from your father without even knowing it.
That is what happened with my father and me.. he died and I became handy with tools. I like to think I learned a lot from him by just watching and being there. My Brother was the one who helped my dad.. I was more academic. and now… I can do just about anything…. just like my dad.....

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 08-15-2009 11:52 PM

Nice Box Chris looks Wonderful.

Hey Larry I’m sure your father would be proud of the fantastic work you do.


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#5 posted 08-16-2009 12:34 AM

Looks pretty good 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 08-16-2009 01:34 AM

Nice looking box. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 08-16-2009 03:40 AM

I think it is a great looking box. I think your Pop would be proud of you. Very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#8 posted 08-16-2009 03:45 AM

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 08-16-2009 03:56 AM

the box is beautiful ,
and the memories will be even more so ,
for both you and your daughter .
welcome to LJs .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 08-16-2009 05:40 AM

Nice looking box. It may have taken a reach from the great beyond, but Dad finally got you hooked. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 08-16-2009 08:26 AM

Fantastic box. Great use of grain wraping. Inlay looks great from here.

Nice to see that your dad got you into woodworking after all. Just took a little longer to get started.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#12 posted 08-16-2009 05:11 PM

niether of my sons show any interest in my work – hopefully one will carry on for me as well – very cool

-- -erik & christy-

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#13 posted 12-07-2015 10:12 PM

Priceless…thanks for sharing.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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