Keepsake Box

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Project by Critterman posted 12-21-2007 02:17 AM 2156 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my first real serious projects. Plan out of…I think Wood magazine. Made out of ash and stained with minwax cherry (I think) and topped with satin poly. the tile in the lid was very thick and very heavy. It definitely added heft to the box, but I think maybe a little too much. Anyway, not too bad for a rookie :>)

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#1 posted 12-21-2007 02:42 AM

Top notch (for a rookie), just kidding…

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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Greg Mitchell

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#2 posted 12-21-2007 02:50 AM

Great job Jim. I also saw this in Wood magazine, and think it is a great looking keepsake box.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-21-2007 05:26 AM

That’s really pretty! What is that center panel? A painting or a tile of some sort?

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

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#4 posted 12-21-2007 05:42 AM

Jim, you are off to a great start. Your box looks very nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 12-21-2007 05:46 AM

Great box. Great job. and heavy is good it keeps crooks from getting it past the front door.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 12-21-2007 06:31 AM

Looks like a keeper to me.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 12-21-2007 11:30 AM

Good work. Nice tight miters, the feet are cool, too.

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#8 posted 12-21-2007 01:47 PM

Thanks everybody, I geatly appreciate you kind words.

Charlie: The center is a hand painted ceramic tile and that sucker is thick and heavy. It is very pretty though. If I do another one I think I’d try to find a thinner lighter tile, as this one made the lid very heavy. Wouldn’t want a real young person to have this box as fingers might get pinched. You can get the kit (hinges, tile, etc) from the wood magazine site, they have a few different tiles too.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 12-23-2007 12:33 PM

beautiful box…. the heaviness can be one of its many unique features that makes it special.. “intriguing”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 05-04-2008 10:38 AM

That’s one really fine piece of workmanship. Something to be proud of for sure!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#11 posted 04-22-2009 03:25 PM

Good work! I like the combination of Minwax cherry stain on ash with a satin poly finish. I used the same combination on a solid ash bookcase that I am going to post soon and I like the way it looks.


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