Simple Keepsake Box

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Project by Maveric777 posted 10-04-2010 02:55 AM 2485 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing really fancy here, but I cant help but really like this little project. I was asked by a coworker if I would build a special box for her grandmother. Her Grandfather passed away some time back and she keeps his small personals in a shoe box. Well, that tugged at me heart strings a bit and I couldn’t say no.

I asked what her Grandmother liked, and what kind of woman she was (I like to “Try” and match the work to the person). Her answer was “A simple country woman who holds her family and faith close.” I sure hope I got close to the mark….

The box is cherry with walnut accent pieces. I carved the cross and inlayed it (first try at that…) and added a little walnut for the lid handle. I finished out the box with 3 coats of danish oil and topped it off with one light coat of wipe on polly for added protection. I really like how the finish came out. Although you cant tell by the photos it has a very natural and warm feel to it.

I left a spot for one last picture in the post. I was asked what I wanted for the box and my reply was “A picture of the box with your Grandmother”.... To me… making something like this that will become a treasure to someone…. Well, that is just priceless in my book.

Thanks for checking it out….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 10-04-2010 03:02 AM

The grain follows itself around the corner.. the cross is superbly carved the colour choice is super… and the scallops around the base set it off…all round it is a priceless treasure.

-- Be safe.

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#2 posted 10-04-2010 03:08 AM

Nice. Looks like a good match to the use. I like it.

As Larry mentioned, the large grain wrap is cool. That is a very good way of using a piece of wood with that kind of grain. Sweet.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 10-04-2010 04:12 AM


Very nice!

Good job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 10-04-2010 04:30 AM

Beautiful box. I think you nailed this project by what you said you were trying to accomplish.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 10-04-2010 05:51 AM

I like the overall design, also am impressed with the cross detail. It allmost looks liquid-like sitting on the surface. Did you actually carve the surface of the box and placed the carved cross in it? The story behind your keepsake box is nice.

I like the shape of the cross itself, the roundness of it is something I would like to use on the inner lid of one of my chests. Dan, do you mind if I borrow your cross design?

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#6 posted 10-04-2010 06:50 AM

I’m sure that she’s going to be a very happy lady! Great job on the cross.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#7 posted 10-04-2010 01:43 PM

Great job Bud! You really have a good eye for design. Can’t wait to see your work evolve as you take on bigger and more complicated projects. I bet the grandmother will love and treasure it.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#8 posted 10-04-2010 02:37 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. I did have fun with this little box, and got to learn a few new things in the process.

Robert – I do have some crazy projects lined up, but my bride officially turned my shop into “Santa’s Workshop” as of October 1st. She gave me a list and since she OKs all my tool purchases… Well, I will be making Christmas presents, and will have to put my projects on hold for a bit. (we got to pick our battles … right?

Richard – It would tickle me to death if you wanted to use the cross design. I used graph paper and a compass to come up with what I have shown. Can’t wait to see what you come up with….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 10-04-2010 03:05 PM

That is a beautiful box and I’m sure that she loved it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 10-04-2010 03:42 PM

Very well done.. simply elegant.

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

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#11 posted 10-04-2010 05:25 PM

Nicely done & a very worthy project I’m sure it will bring you blessings

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#12 posted 10-05-2010 02:10 PM

Great craftsmanship on this Dan. Perfect job of wrapping the grain around the box…you are becoming quite the box maker. It is that attention to detail that sets a person apart from others. I am sure she will love this. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#13 posted 10-05-2010 02:23 PM

Maveric, I know what you mean when you say “making something like this that will become a treasure to someone”. It is a personal sence of pride when I know that giving someone something like this bring a little happiness to them. Their appreciation of the piece and what went into it make is all worth wild!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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