Simple Curly Maple & Purple Heart Keepsake.

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Project by Maveric777 posted 12-06-2010 02:52 AM 2648 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple little box I actually started about 4 months or so ago. After glue up and a little cleaning I realized my original idea for a handle just didn’t seem to cut it. Long story short I basically got a woodworkers case of “Writers Block”. So I put the box on my mantel and stewed on it for a while.

What really hung me up was the top being so square and my first attempt at scalloping the bottom to show feet of sorts didn’t fit together well in my eyes. Well, after my bride put me under the gun on finishing this one up to give to her personal trainer at the gym (a very sweet woman going through some tough times). I had no choice but to come up with something…. Because Momma said so….lol

I knew what my hang up on the box was the square top with curves on the bottom. So the first thing I did was round the 4 corners of the curly. This seemed to soften the box a good bit, and make it easier on the eyes (at least to me). I opted to leave the purple heart as I originally set it because… Well, it looked right to me….lol

After rounding the sides it made it much easier to come up with a handle. After seeing the pencil box that Triumph1 posted I knew I wanted to laminate the handle to add a little something. After that I just accented & exaggerated the curves on the bottom, then rounded the top to match the softness of the corners. I also tried my hand at a little carving to add the “medallion” (or what ever you want to call it) on the sides of the handle.

I also took a different approach to the finish for this one, and tickled to death with the outcome. This was finished out with 3 soaks of danish oil. Once I was sure it was good and dried (about 2 weeks I guess) I gave it many hand polished coats of Renaissance wax. This project was my first ever real attempt at the use of waxes and now I am wondering what in the world took me so long. I can honestly say this is my favorite finish I personally have done to date.

Sorry for being so long winded about this very simple box. Been looking at this thing for months now and tickled to death I finally got it labeled “Finished”

Thanks for checking it out!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 02:56 AM

Hey Dan, what’s not to like?
That looks really nice. The handle came out well.
I know too well about projects that are not finished. You are right to feel great about this one.

I need to grow up and try waxes also.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 03:02 AM

Now we’re cooking. Great piece Dan. The subtle curves on the bottom and edges, as well as the laminated handle with the medallion work perfectly together. Love the medallion detail by the way. And the finish too. This box was well worth the wait. Beautiful.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 03:14 AM

Very nice box… A good Keepsake!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 03:23 AM

Such a fine box.
Yes you need to be proud here!
Best thoughs,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 03:29 AM

Okay Dan, you can stop making me look bad! LOL!! THat is an AWESOME box. You keep one upping yourself. But, gotta tell me how you got that inside bottom to come out like that!


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 12-06-2010 04:04 AM

Dan, you came up with a very good looking box and a excellent design for the handle. I definitely find that putting a project on the back burner for a while really helps when design roadblock sneaks into the workshop..

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#7 posted 12-06-2010 04:14 AM

Beautiful pieces of curly maple and purpleheart. The laminating of the handle really ties it all together. Looks great Whats going to sit on the mantle next for ideas to mature?

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#8 posted 12-06-2010 05:11 AM

A very nice job on the box, Maveric.


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#9 posted 12-06-2010 05:24 AM

Great example of how “less is more” sometimes Dan, Simple but with just the right touch of elegance. Balance. Perfect.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 12-06-2010 05:42 AM

Great looking box, my friend! Keep practicing! I see bed-building in our future! LOL!!

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#11 posted 12-06-2010 06:20 AM

Dan…Love the grain pattern and proportions. By the way…nice pics too.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#12 posted 12-06-2010 09:06 AM

As others have said, that is a nice box. The rounding of the top was a great touch. It accents the curl of the maple. I have a box on my bench that might benefit from that detail! That bottom piece looks pretty special too. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#13 posted 12-06-2010 01:13 PM

I’d call that poetry in wood. Excellent work!

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#14 posted 12-06-2010 03:46 PM

Thanks for all the feedback everyone…. Its weird looking at it all finished now. With all the boxes I have going now in the shop I was surprised I was even able to get this one done by the dead line. Surprising the motivation you get when the bride is telling you “Get It Done”

Hey Mike, the lining is a felt design we found at a local hobby shop. Although my intentions are to shy away from using felt in my boxes anymore I was under the gun, and had to compromise to get it done. The funny thing had to be watching me and my bride walking through the store with her holding the box like a precious baby and me grumbling “You Better Not Drop That” We where able to match up a lining and escape without any harm to the box….. Whewww! Trust me… if you knew how graceful my bride is you would understand that was a major accomplishment….lol

Ohh and thanks Gary…. Now I am going to have to throw something together so I can get the mantle spot filled. You know… To keep the whole universal balance in order and all….lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 12-07-2010 07:50 PM

Dan, this is a very nicely made box, love the combination and story as to its reason for being.
Well done, you should be proud!
Thumbs up on this one.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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