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Project by artsyfartsy posted 11-16-2019 10:53 PM 339 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I’d make some Christmas Keepsake boxes for a few women in my life, so here they are. The boxes measure 6 1/2” square by about 4” tall. They are made of Red Oak with the center piece made of quarter-sawn Oak. The center piece has a laser engraved heart in the center of the lid. I wanted something special for the box. My wife suggested using red felt for the bottom of the box. The boxes has Minwax oak stain on them and finished with a couple of coats of lacquer on them. It took a lot of clamp to hold the boxes together during glue up and other various stages of the assembly. I finished the boxes with my usual own stamp, a penny with the current year it was made. Thanks for looking.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!





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Firewood

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#1 posted 11-16-2019 11:01 PM

Don – those look great. I like the laser designs. Nice touch

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 11-17-2019 03:04 AM

I’ve looked at CNC’s but never the laser engravers. What kind did you use, and is that a free stock design? Or something you did yourself?

The engravings make for a nice way to dress up a box.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 11-17-2019 03:32 AM

Love them. Very original and well made.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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artsyfartsy

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#4 posted 11-17-2019 02:25 PM

TherealSteveN, I’ve got an Eleksmaker laser engraver. It only cost about $200 and it came from China. Assembly was simple but the computer program was miserable. You have to be a computer wizard to download the program as the machine didn’t come with a manual or program. The design came from google. I just looked for “heart” on google and saved what I liked as a JPG. Then, went from there. I hope that helps. Oh and thanks for the compliment.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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artsyfartsy

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#5 posted 11-17-2019 02:25 PM

Thanks Mark and Chuck for the compliments. It was fun making the boxes.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#6 posted 11-17-2019 03:23 PM

I love the mass production approach you take, plenty of leg stock there 8^)

Nice design, catchy area to put what ever design you choose. I wish my clamps could breed like yours, looks like they are having at it!

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 11-17-2019 04:27 PM

Don,

Stellar job on the keepsake boxes…..Looks like you were in your usual form of great projects…..!! The ladies in your life are going to really like them, I can tell…..!! The design is top-notch, and the laser engraving is stellar, too.

As like everyone, I enjoy making Christmas gifts for friends and family, but not this year….Maybe next year….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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artsyfartsy

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#8 posted 11-18-2019 02:28 PM

Splintergroup, Thanks for the compliments. I pick up clamps whenever I see them at estate sales. I use them all the time.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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artsyfartsy

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#9 posted 11-18-2019 02:30 PM

Thanks Rick for the nice compliment. I appreciate it. You’ll get back in your shop soon, I’m sure. Keep positive.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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