Keepsake box for my son's 18th Birthday

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Project by GadgetXX posted 02-07-2010 03:46 AM 2530 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a small keepsake box I made for my son’s 18th Birthday.

The top is Ancient Kauri, the base and sides are Hard Maple.

The Kauri has been sanded to 2000 grit then finished with Arm-R-Seal Urethane.
I can say that until I sanded to 1200 I really did not see the true beauty of this wood.
the pictures do not show all of the beauty of the grain!!

This is how the company that imports the Kauri describes it. •Every tree grew for at least 1,200 years •Preserved underground for 50,000 years •Every board is certified and guaranteed •Ancient Kauri is the oldest workable timber on Earth

Sanding: Plan to spend extra time sanding. While sanding to a 600 grit will suffice, the most intense color, depth, grain, and iridescent qualities come through with very fine sanding, 1200 grit. Extra effort gives extra rewards.

The sides have been ebonized with India Ink, before being finished with Arm-R-Seal Urethane.

-- Imagination is more important than knowledge! - Einstein

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 03:56 AM

Nice gift and good job.

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 03:58 AM

A beautiful box and wonderful gift.

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

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 04:04 AM

great way to say ,

’ love you son ’ !

well done .

-- 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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#4 posted 02-07-2010 05:47 AM

simple and elegant, very nice. just curious, why all the way to 2000 grit?

-- Good energy perpetuates good energy!

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 06:54 AM

looks good man

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 07:20 AM

Nice shape on the sides. The finish looks almost like ebony.

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#7 posted 02-07-2010 05:47 PM

I really like the simplicity of the box.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 05:51 PM

very nice work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#9 posted 02-07-2010 07:28 PM

Beautiful box design and construction. I’ve wondered what that wood looked like. Thanks for giving us a little insight into it.

-- Dave O.

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#10 posted 02-07-2010 09:15 PM

great gift – i’m sure he’ll have it a long time

-- -erik & christy-

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#11 posted 02-11-2010 04:15 AM

Very cool box – I especially like the profile on the side pieces. A great gift.

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#12 posted 03-12-2011 03:01 AM

Lucky boy,

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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