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Project by KimAccurso posted 10-17-2018 11:07 PM 1287 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked me to make a box for her sister to keep mementos of her beloved cat who has passed away. She liked the photos of the urn I previously made for another friend so I make another walnut heart shaped carving (which I did with a Dremel). I looked up images of ‘cat paw print’ to see what the differences were from ‘dog paw print’ because really I only know dogs! :) The box is cedar with walnut dowels in the joints and a brass pin for the hinge. I forgot the exact measurements but it is well large enough to hold 4×6 photos, which she requested. I lined the box with brown suede fabric. I sanded the cedar up to 220 and finished with at least 5 coats of semi-gloss wipe on poly. The heart is finished with spray semi-gloss poly and epoxied to the box. As simple as it might be, my friend loved it and that’s what matters to me :)

Thanks for looking!!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-17-2018 11:27 PM

That is a beautiful box, Kim. Nice work on it. I like the paw in the heart!!

cheers, Jim

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

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 10-17-2018 11:36 PM

Kim, lovely box for treasured memories.

-- 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 10-18-2018 12:33 AM

Very neat!

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

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Artie623

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#4 posted 10-18-2018 12:38 AM

I’m just getting into this hobby…. for me boxes will play a big part in it…. I hope I can someday do as well. Very nice.

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#5 posted 10-18-2018 12:47 AM

Very Nice Piece Of Work & Well Done Kim.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 10-18-2018 01:15 AM

Very nice. The details on the heart with paw print look great.

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swirt

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#7 posted 10-18-2018 01:25 AM

Beautiful work on that. The heart ties it all together.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#8 posted 10-18-2018 02:15 AM

Beautiful gift – sure to be treasured.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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therealSteveN

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#9 posted 10-18-2018 05:04 AM

Alright, no eyebolt….. Sorry had to throw that in.

Love the box, love the cats paw. Simple construction, but looks great with the contrasting woods, and I am becoming a fan of the brass rod as a hinge.

Nice work, thanks for posting, and Congrats on the 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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KimAccurso

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#10 posted 10-18-2018 11:59 AM



Alright, no eyebolt….. Sorry had to throw that in.

Love the box, love the cats paw. Simple construction, but looks great with the contrasting woods, and I am becoming a fan of the brass rod as a hinge.

Nice work, thanks for posting, and Congrats on the 3.

- therealSteveN

I’m going through eyebolt withdrawal! LOL Me too on the brass pin hinge. It always looks nice and is a great way to make a box when you don’t have any nice hinges laying around, especially after the ‘duh’ moment figuring out you need to lift the back side of the lid just a smidge to relieve pinching. And thanks! :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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KimAccurso

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#11 posted 10-18-2018 12:00 PM

Thanks guys! I love projects that have special meaning for the recipient :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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Ron Stewart

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#12 posted 10-18-2018 01:33 PM

Often, simpler is better. That’s a thoughtfully designed and constructed box. Very nice!

-- Ron Stewart

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GR8HUNTER

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#13 posted 10-18-2018 02:46 PM

this is the nicest box I have seen in awhile should be perfect for keepsake mementos GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#14 posted 10-18-2018 05:59 PM

That footprint in hearth looks so awesome…so unique idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Boxguy

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#15 posted 10-18-2018 08:06 PM

Kim, what fun. Of course the paw/heart is the focus. It is just the right touch for this particular box and purpose. This is a nice straight-forward design with contrasting dowels, brass pins, and a curved lip. I like that everything in this design is on the same level of “cuteness” and simplicity. Great job as always. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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