Little Treasure Chest for Neice

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Project by KimAccurso posted 08-24-2018 10:45 PM 2615 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little treasure chest is just a bit smaller version of the one I did for my step-daughter this spring. Now I have a niece who is having a baby boy due in November. So of course, I hope she likes this as much as her cousin likes hers :) This one is smaller due only to my own mistakes drilling for the pinge hinge (pin is brass). I had to trim down the box while still making sure the dovetails looked right so that’s why this one doesn’t have a tray for the rattles. I would have made a whole new box but time did not allow – baby shower is this Sunday! This box is about 9×7x4. It is maple and sapele in the lid – which I cut apart on my scroll saw to create the laminations. I dovetailed the box on my Leigh jig and it has a brown suede fabric liner. The rattles are maple and cherry and the toys are maple with cherry dowels. All are sanded to 400 grit, wet down to raise the grain, sanded again and finished with organic olive oil and beeswax, 3 coats. They are so fun to make and I think the sheep is my favorite. Another difference on this box is that I cut the girl and baby from 1/4” maple and I think it fits better on this size box than 1/2” like I did previously. I finished the box with 6 coats wipe on satin poly. This niece is very special to me, she spent most of her high school years Saturdays with me volunteering at our dog adoption days with the rescue we used to work with. Not many high school kids I know these days that work as hard as she did and still does – now an RN just like my step-daughter. Means a lot to me and we had a lot of great times together. Sure hope she likes her treasure chest, we’ll find out on Sunday!

Thanks for looking!!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 08-24-2018 11:22 PM

Neat box.

Great story.

I like that the design is yours too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 08-24-2018 11:59 PM

I really like this fine trinket box …. love the Sapele inlay design … GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#3 posted 08-25-2018 01:08 AM

Really beautiful and thoughtful

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#4 posted 08-25-2018 05:54 AM

That is really cool. I like the mother and child cutout design. Fancy piece.

-- "Here am I, send me" - The True Craftsman

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#5 posted 08-25-2018 03:39 PM

No worry, how could she not like it!? Well done.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 08-25-2018 04:58 PM

nice box, love the top – all of it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 08-26-2018 05:00 AM

So cute baby toys. The box looks realy good – I like all woodworking elements on it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 08-26-2018 10:07 AM

Wow! first project is a top 3! congrats, and nice looking box.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 10-30-2018 03:44 PM

Beautiful work, Kim.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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