Grandson's Joey's Treasure Box

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Project by Joe posted 02-17-2018 03:43 PM 1275 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my firt project to post, and it was a fun one. I learned how to make boxes from two great box makers that live close to me, Boxguy and Maplerock, how lucky is that. Both of these guys are great teachers willing mentor young and old.

The box portion is made of Ash from Keithleys farm in Floyd County, Indiana. You can see where the Ash Bore borrowed its way through the wood. The Ash bore devistated the trees in Indiana, the bores in my wood were long dead when this box was made. The splines are made of Walnut also grown in Indiana.

The box was made for my grandsons 19th birthday, he’s a freshman at Purdue’s local extension and I wanted to use a combination of woods for him to not only to see it’s beauty but experience the warmth that only wood can give. So I made a glue up top using Maple and Walnut. The sloped pyramid on top was doweled and glued in place to give it a more masculine feel.

I used Minwax Tung Oil Finish for the first 2 coats, then 3 thin coats of Minwax Satin Poly. I put each thin coat on with a blue paper towel cut into small swatches dipped into a small bowl of finish. in between coats i use 0000 steel wool to remove the little nubs then clean carefully. The box will need a strong hard finish spending the its life with my 19 year old grandson Joey.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#1 posted 02-17-2018 03:52 PM

What a great gift! Great design.

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#2 posted 02-17-2018 03:58 PM

Joe, congratulations on your first post! Thanks for the shout out. Your box is a beauty. I especially like the originality of your design of the top and the stripes that match the corner splines. The pyramidal lift is a nice touch and the finish is great. I appreciate that you have made this design your own. You put a lot of work into this box with the five piece top and the smooth flowing lines and corners. This is a work of love that I am sure grandson Joey will appreciate. I also enjoyed reading your thoughtfully written home page. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 02-18-2018 01:07 AM

I really like the style, well done

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#4 posted 02-18-2018 05:56 AM

Pretty nice.

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#5 posted 02-18-2018 06:41 AM

Beautiful inlayed features!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-18-2018 04:46 PM

Looks terrific—nothing like maple and walnut for contrast and showing off the fine joinery.

-- ~Steve

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 08:25 PM

Thanks To All Of You, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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