Special Keepsake Box

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Project by Maveric777 posted 04-16-2010 11:50 PM 3024 views 16 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that has more hours than you can count and more meaning that I could even put into words. This is my first real stab at a keepsake box and I picked a few things on it that would challenge me (I’m still new to the whole woodworking scene…lol). Like the corners and wooden hinges. Both gave me royal fits…lol

This box was built for my wives Grandfather. A man whom over the last 10 years grown to respect and love so very much. His wife for almost 60 years passed away not to long ago. Preceding that their family home for 30 years burned to the ground. The picture I showcased in this box is one of the few photos that survived the fire. If you look you can even see burn marks on the picture.

I originally wanted to construct this box with lumber salvaged from the burnt house, but things never panned out. So I went with my two favorite woods instead ….. Cherry and curly maple. I don’t want to bore anyone with all the this and that. Just wanted to show a very special project.

By the way… I did name the box “Triumph” for 3 reasons. First I didn’t think I could build this… I did. Second I spent a lot of time looking at a certain persons work here on LJ. I got an immense amount of inspiration from him (Thanks again Jeff). Thirdly (and most importantly) this box represents a “Triumph” that does not get noted nearly enough. The success of a long and loving marriage that stood the test of time. That to me is a triumph….

Thanks for looking….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 04-17-2010 12:00 AM

Beautiful box! You did an amazing job with it.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#2 posted 04-17-2010 12:00 AM

that is a nice box! can you blog on how you made the hinges?

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

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#3 posted 04-17-2010 12:03 AM

The corner details and wooden hinges alone make this box a triumph. Good presentation too. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 04-17-2010 12:17 AM

This is a great looking box and I can tell that this was a work of love. I know how to make the hinges but I am a little unsure about how you made the corners. Can you offer some insight as to how you made the corners?

For bigike and anyone else interested in the hinges, here is how I make wooden hinges -

It works pretty good.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 04-17-2010 01:30 AM


This is truly “Triumph”. I think this is a BEAUTIFUL execution, and I really like the wood hinges.

Keep it up man, your skills are just crazy 8-)


-- dust control

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#6 posted 04-17-2010 01:35 AM

Great looking box! You did a excellent job on the hinges and corner detail. Thanks for sharing.


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#7 posted 04-17-2010 02:11 AM

wow did a wonderful job..its just beautiful…and im proud of all the reasons this was heart goes out to your wife’s grandfather…he truly must be a wonderful so sorry he lost his home….i hope he is fairing well…...great job on your wood working skills…i look foraward to more…keep at did grand…....grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 04-17-2010 02:28 AM

Triumph it’s called, and Triumph you did !!!!
Fantastic job, wonderful design and beautiful detail work.

Love the wood combinatioin/contrast and the unique corners and superb hinges.
It’s even more special of a triumph for the reason it is built….............. simply wonderful !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 04-17-2010 03:03 AM

Lovely box and a truly wonderful story.

I’m sure your wife’s granddad will be very appreciative of the work and love that was poured into this box. You are correct that lifelong commitment isn’t given much recognition any more and that is just wrong. Two people who continue to love one another through life’s tragedies, trying times, and day to day frictions for 30, 40, 50 years or more deserve our admiration and appreciation. Such a special love is a reward in and of itself but it is so wonderful to see an elderly couple walking along holding hands and showing their love to each other. So you’re wife’s granddad and grandmother were special people and he has gone through so much losing his house and then his wife – don’t know if I could survive that, myself.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#10 posted 04-17-2010 03:36 AM

A fitting tribute to a grand person and a lovely built box in the process.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 04-17-2010 04:01 AM

very successful with a lovely box, congratulations

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#12 posted 04-17-2010 05:01 AM

Great box. Some of the nicest hinges I’ve seen.

-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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#13 posted 04-17-2010 05:03 AM

Nice work, it definitely is an eye catcher!!

-- 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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#14 posted 04-17-2010 05:03 AM

I like the total design. I usually just use store bought corner bass units, never really thought about making them from wood. I just might have to borrow that idea in one of my up coming projects. I too, am new here, but not too new to woodworking. Going on 5 years for me. Welcome to LJ.

-- You can't buy salvation, it's a free gift from God.

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#15 posted 04-17-2010 05:34 AM

What a treasure that box is! I really like the “hardware.”

-- Leroy

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