Wedding Keepsake box

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Project by klinkman posted 09-24-2019 02:15 AM 1119 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wedding gift just completed for my niece who is getting married this weekend.

Cherry box about 12×8 x 5. Box joint corners with inlay of walnut and maple on the top. Lined with leather. Brasso hinges and latch. Finished with shellac and satin poly on the outside faces only.

Two learnings for me this project:

1. Inlay, which was fun and tedious. I used a jewelers saw here. I think the big take-away here was the idea of edge gluing all the pieces to make a thin sheet. I don’t know what I’m doing so I just sort of plodded along until it came out looking alright. Many destroyed pieces. Super glue is a friend, but as an initial effort, I think it came out looking all right.

2. Finishing. Lots of trial and error here for the final coat. But then hey, rub it out with steel wool and paste wax. Wow, why didn’t I try this earlier? Smooth and flat! Really happy with that.

My wife thinks the intertwined hearts need to be explained. Please tell me it’s more obvious than that.

Thanks for looking

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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#1 posted 09-24-2019 03:41 AM

Nice box. I like that inlay a lot. Entwined hearts though can be several meanings, depends on which group is looking at them. Probably most often thought to be a Celtic Heart Knot. But I think no matter who is calling them what, they are showing love, and the entanglement of 2 lives to become one.

Great job, especially if that is a first try. It’s a wonderful box, and I imagine all of your Niece’s friends want you to make them one too.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 09-24-2019 11:03 AM

Nice job! I know what you went through on the Celtic knot!

-- Petey

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#3 posted 09-24-2019 01:53 PM

Though I havent ever done inlays, I can imagine what you have done here was tedious, painstaking, nervewracking. I cant imagine the fun part???

Nice job, looks great.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#4 posted 09-24-2019 03:07 PM

Looks great

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#5 posted 09-24-2019 04:34 PM

The knotted hearts are great! At first glance I saw two, but looking closer reveals at least four. While SWMBO can never be wrong, perhaps she could revise her original assessment.

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#6 posted 09-24-2019 05:03 PM

Very nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 09-24-2019 05:19 PM

Great looking box, especially with the Celtic intertwined hearts inlay.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#8 posted 09-24-2019 10:20 PM

Thank you for comments, everyone.

@brian ” I cant imagine the fun part”

The satisfaction that comes from making them fit!

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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#9 posted 10-03-2019 07:58 PM

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