Mackay Cedar Keepsake Box

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Project by ruddy posted 08-31-2018 07:22 AM 1078 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a keepsake Box made from Mackay Cedar. It has stunning grain patterns and rich colour variation.
The box is made for a Grandaughter who collects Theatre Programs and the box is quite large measuring 385 mm x 290 mm x 145mm high.
I chose to make my own hinges from black acrylic and also used black acrylic to make all the corner feathers. These are glued in place using a two part epoxy resin, The pockets for the hinges were routed into the back piece before the assembly of the box and this allows precise hinge fitment when the lid is subsequently cut from the base.
The lid insert is a sandwich of maple veneers and 6 mm ply wood and has been Laser engraved with the classic Comedy/Tragedy masks.
The lid stays are from Brusso and totally reduce any stress on the hinges when the lid is opened. On a box this size I believe they are the best solution to ensure the box stays strong for a lifetime. The internal tray is made from New Guinea Rosewood and has a pen storage compartment with a lid inlaid with her initials. The box is lined with a rich green pigskin suede.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 08-31-2018 11:59 AM

That is one beautiful box. Very nice work on it!!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 12:00 PM

what an outstanding speciman of wood – of course the wood working is pretty darn nice also
Thanks for the hinge tip -

-- 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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#3 posted 08-31-2018 02:28 PM

Very nice really like tray design. Just my opinion but think the plastic hinge looks wrong, brass would of looked better?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 08-31-2018 05:13 PM

Wow, well made box there. That wood is incredible, but for me the star of the show on a theater program box is that inlay on the top.

All together and this is a very nice box. So how did your Granddaughter like it?

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 08-31-2018 05:45 PM

Really beautiful work! Creative solutions as well. Nicely done.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 08-31-2018 08:07 PM

Another stunner! Acrylic hinges have to be a first. Any secrets to make life easier for the rest of us??

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#7 posted 08-31-2018 11:38 PM

GO LASER! I frown upon those that question the use of lasering in woodworking!

Great job supplemented wiht traditional woodworking skills, The laser relief sets a finish that is hard to beat.

We all complain about costs… (yeah, OK a laser is not necessarily cheap… jobs can be outsourced), however, evaluate one’s time spent in carving using traditional methods, and unless you are a master craftsman, most recipients could never come close to justifying the basic time’s cost.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 09-01-2018 06:07 PM

Great looking box Ruddy. The acrylic hinges look great. Would like to see more on how you formed them!

-- Daniel P

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#9 posted 09-02-2018 09:19 PM

Absolutely gorgeous sir…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#10 posted 09-04-2018 02:37 PM

WOW very kewl box, Beautiful !!

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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