2nd commissioned 'baby box'

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Project by KimAccurso posted 02-25-2019 10:59 PM 1141 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These ‘baby boxes’ are just a treat for me to build. This one is for a friend’s niece and her husband for their baby who was born in December. Jim chose walnut and maple and I found this beautiful piece of walnut and though the pictures don’t show it well is almost has some reddish tones to it. The maple in the lid has some very nice curl to it. This box is going to Texas, hence the Texas theme with the star and state shape for 2 of the teethers. The rattles turned out beautiful, showing the curl in the maple! Mitered/splined construction with a brass pin hinge. The mother/child is 1/4” walnut. I used an off-white canvas liner for the box and tray to lighten up the inside of the box and I think it compliments very well. It’s finished with 7 or 8 or maybe more coats of wipe on semi-gloss poly and waxed. The rattles and toys are finished with a mixture of organic cold-pressed flax oil and organic beeswax.

I hope little Henry enjoys his toys as much as I enjoyed making them :) And thanks for looking!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 02-25-2019 11:05 PM

Making toys is always fun.

Very nice; I am sure it will be treasured for years.

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#2 posted 02-25-2019 11:12 PM

Very cool! I like the handle on the tray. great job.

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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#3 posted 02-25-2019 11:34 PM

Great design and build!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-26-2019 12:14 AM

love the inlaid lid …. and the handles on the tray …... good choice of woods ….. also handle on lid is top notch GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#5 posted 02-26-2019 12:16 AM

very nice and soo skillfully done, what a piece of work

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#6 posted 02-26-2019 01:18 AM

Well Kim, my granddaughter in Arizona is obviously very deprived now that I’m looking at your project.

The box is beautiful…the lid and spline details are very well done. The rattles are next level…that’s really an heirloom type piece you’ve created.


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#7 posted 02-26-2019 02:06 AM

Nice box. I’m really impressed with your box making abilities. You must have a good scroll saw for that nice detailed work. Keep up the GREAT work!

-- Woodworking is my therapy, I love creating a project that was once, just an idea in my head. Eric, Lone Jack, MO

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#8 posted 02-26-2019 04:10 AM

Adorable! Well done!

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#9 posted 02-26-2019 04:14 AM

Darn good looking box.

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#10 posted 02-26-2019 06:45 AM

Beautiful box and content as well. I like the top theme. Nice wood combination and spline corners fit just fine.

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#11 posted 02-26-2019 10:57 AM

Well done! I like the handle in the tray as well. You mind if I use that idea?

-- Petey

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#12 posted 02-26-2019 01:17 PM

Thanks guys, all much appreciated! My past projects here and here give credit to those Lumberjocks who inspired the rattles and the mother/child on the lid. I always want to make sure Steve and Matthew get credit for these!!

Tom – Thank you and yep, time to get on making something for your granddaughter. I know you’ll come up with something incredible!

Eric – Thank you and my scroll saw is a 1995ish Delta my Grandpa gifted to me last summer. It’s my most treasured tool being it is Grandpa’s and it sure does the job! I use double sided tape and cut the maple and walnut together so I end up with perfect matches and actually end up with 2 lids so now I can make another box :)

Petey – Thank you and absolutely! I’ll be looking forward to seeing how you use it! Not really my design, I think I got the idea seeing some kind of drawer handle somewhere on the vast internet :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#13 posted 02-26-2019 10:19 PM

Kim , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 02-27-2019 02:29 AM

The walnut adds to the the beauty of the box design. Nice photos but I understand how hard it is to capture the depth in a picture. Looks like some very nice grain patterns. Such a very thoughtful and well-done gift. I’m sure the recipients will cherish it. Thanks for sharing.

And your comments about using your Grandpa’s scroll saw made me smile – how nice to have that tool from him to use!

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#15 posted 02-27-2019 04:18 AM

Beautiful work, Kim!!!!!!!!! I love the splines!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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