Cherry Quilt Top Keepsake Box

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Project by Ardubya posted 09-08-2016 04:03 PM 2979 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been learning new techniques by taking on box making. Have made three boxes so far and this one is by far the more challenging. Primarily cherry, but the quilt pattern lid has cherry, maple, walnut, purpleheart, poplar, pine and a wood I don’t know. It was just given to me. Clearly a very hard wood. I’m guessing it’s either maobi or bubinga. Anyway, the removable tray is made from that as well. Cove cut sides using table saw (that was interesting). No stain, finished with 4 coats of Minwax gloss wipe on poly. Lined with deep green velour cloth. Brusso hinges. Made as a gift.

Will post more boxes latet as this is some really fun stuff to do.

Want to tackle a glass lid display box for collectible or antique pistols. That will require foam molding and I don’t know about covering the foam with fabric. I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

UPDATE – added photo of quilt pieces cut and the original glue up of lid panel before cutting edges.

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#1 posted 09-08-2016 04:41 PM

Wow, I really like the cove sides. I may have to try that. I’ve made coves on the table saw before but never thought of using them as sides for a box.

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#2 posted 09-08-2016 04:43 PM

Quite nicely constructed and very interesting as well as unique design. Well done!

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 09-08-2016 05:53 PM

Really nice looking box. I would loved to have seen pics of the making of the design on the lid.

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#4 posted 09-08-2016 06:34 PM

I’ve seen That molded foam done where they set the object (pistol) in the box, cover it with the fabric and then spray that expanding foam and mash it down with newspaper to fill in any voids. Once it dries, you take it all out and flip it over and “theoretically” you’d have a custom mold.
I’ve never done it, but it looks like it would work.

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

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#5 posted 09-08-2016 08:15 PM

Kennethjg – I added the only 2 photos I had of the quilt panel process. Word of advice, if you are going to go to the trouble to cut these quilt pieces, cut LOTS of them in different species. It’s easier to do them all at once and they must all be identical in dimensions. Better to do many to have on hand for repeat projects with same or varying patterns.

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#6 posted 09-08-2016 08:34 PM

This is so creative and is beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 09-08-2016 10:55 PM

Beautiful peice ! How did you create the curved sides ?

-- Woodworking minus patience equals firewood

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#8 posted 09-08-2016 11:01 PM

All around excellent! I love the sides and of course the top.

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#9 posted 09-08-2016 11:43 PM

Very nice looking keepsake box! I love the cove sides—and the lid is really special!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 09-09-2016 12:06 AM

Very nice, love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 09-09-2016 12:08 AM

Very good job on the quilt design and the overall design of the box. Nicely done.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#12 posted 09-09-2016 12:59 AM

Splintergroup – the cove sides were made on the table saw using the cove technique where you run the board over the blade at an angle. Lots of info online, especially YouTube.

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#13 posted 09-09-2016 05:12 AM

RW, I like the creativity you have shown in this box. The lid is a nice idea and the cove cut outside is eye catching. You have mastered building boxes. I am looking forward to your next post.

Just for ideas to look at you might check out these boxes. Look here for finish ideas. Look here for ideas for the gun cut-outs. For the gun case lid you might consider plexiglass. Plexiglass is lighter and less likely to break when you close the lid. Home Depot sells it in 1/8” thicknesses, and you can groove that in with most thick tablesaw blades. This technique will allow you to install the plexiglass or glass as you build the box and finish the box after installing the glass. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 09-09-2016 03:53 PM

very nice

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#15 posted 09-09-2016 05:48 PM

Beautiful, colourfull top pattern. You realy distributed those colours very well.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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