Commissioned Box, Rattles, Baby Toys

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Project by KimAccurso posted 09-19-2018 12:27 AM 1867 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all, thanks again to Matthew and Steve for the ideas. A good friend of mine had seen the last little treasure chest I made for my niece and asked if I could make one for her nephew. Was I to say no? Are you kidding me? So she gave me free reign and this is what I came up with. I didn’t screw this one up, believe it or not. And by accident the curved laminations ended up perfectly aligning with the arms of the mother and child as to cross both of their hearts, let’s say joining them together. I thought that was just perfect and will do it again if I make another one of these. The box is maple and sapele, the hinge is brass pin and the box measures 9 1/4×6x6. The maple has a slight curl in it which shows up in the right light. The sapele sparkles in the evening sunlight! The mother and child are 1/4” jatoba. For the tray, I cut out the handle area on the scrollsaw and added the 1/8” strips of maple. The liners are off-white canvas that I thought was good for this application as it is very clean looking – kind of like all baby stuff should be. I like the look a lot. The rattles are cherry and maple as are the teethers (cherry dowel, curly maple toy). Finished in organic olive oil and beeswax. Sanded to 400, wet down to raise the grain, sanded again to 1000. Smooth as a baby’s rear :) The box is finished with 5 coats wipe on poly then waxed. My friend’s nephew and wife live in Iowa so she is taking a road trip to see the new baby and deliver her gift. She is a special friend so I hope I exceeded her expectations, we’ll just have to wait and see! :)

Thanks for looking!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 09-19-2018 12:30 AM

What a fun collection! Nicely done.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 09-19-2018 12:39 AM

Way cool Kim. Please say more about the rattles. Are they hollow with what beads; how did you turn them? David

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#3 posted 09-19-2018 12:55 AM

Way cool Kim. Please say more about the rattles. Are they hollow with what beads; how did you turn them? David

- MrLaughingbrook

David, Thanks so much. I can send you pics of how I do them if you like. They aren’t turned, I use a solid piece for the middle, as you can see, drill thru with a forester bit then the caps are drilled part way thru with the forester bit. The originals I used dried kidney beans but feared they would break apart/depompose over time so now I use BBs. All glued together with Titebond III then trimmed up on the bandsaw (I cut off angles this way) and shaped with drum sanders on the drill press (i don’t have a OSS) Then hand sanded from 150 up from there. Aside from original cutting and glue up takes me maybe a couple of hours to get the finish ready. Jim Jakosh recently posted one he turned which is beautiful so you can see the difference and take whichever method you prefer. You can also click on the link to Steve who posted the original tutorial on how to do them. They are really fun to do!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#4 posted 09-19-2018 01:00 AM

A nice project in its entirety, but I really like the river top you made for the box. Has a great look.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 09-19-2018 01:35 AM

Kim, your skills are impressive. You are an amazing woodworker. The top with the large inlay and the string inlay just sing. The corner splines are well laid out. The lift tab and pin are the perfect combination. The tray and interior holders are a crowning touch.

This is the perfect gift for a family with a new child. Anyone would be proud to own this box and rattle/teething set, or proud to present it as a gift. Of course I would round off the corners, but everything I make winds up looking like a used bar of soap…I just can’t help myself. This is a marvelous feat of craftsmanship and imagination. Well done. Thanks for sharing this work with us.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 09-19-2018 02:14 AM

This box has a cut above design. Beautiful job. Those toys should keep him occupied for awhile. (maybe LOL)

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 09-19-2018 02:22 AM

what a beautiful box she should be well pleased with it wonderful woodworking ….GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#8 posted 09-19-2018 03:39 AM

Awesome, both the design, and execution. That is the kind of thing people keep so they may give it to a newborn of their own some day.

The 3 was a perfect choice here, nice work Kim.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 09-19-2018 08:39 AM

So cute and adorable. The box looks realy great with all those woodworking elements and decorations. Rattles are amaizing!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 09-19-2018 08:49 AM

Really nice!

-- Petey

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#11 posted 09-19-2018 10:32 AM

What a great idea. I’ll have to add a baby rattle or two to the project list.

-- Ben, aka Wooly Woodworks, Instagram: @woolywoodworks.

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#12 posted 09-19-2018 10:55 AM

Beautiful work !!!

-- Pat / Colorado

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#13 posted 09-19-2018 11:25 AM

That is a beautifully designed and constructed box, Kim. Very nice craftsmanship!! What a great gift it will be!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 09-19-2018 12:37 PM

Kim, gheeeeezow, golly and a bunch of other descriptive things. That is sooo nice, the box is just outstanding, I’ve outgrown the toys but they are nice as well.
Did I mention that I really like the box ?

-- 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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#15 posted 09-19-2018 12:52 PM

You did a wonderful job on this box and it displays a lot of fine details and craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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