53 Wedding Anniversary Gift for my Mom

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Project by Guy posted 11-26-2019 02:45 AM 1050 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my mom had been hinting around for quite a while that she wanted a ring box for all her rings. She had asked my brother that does Leather work for one too. So we got together and collaborated on a box together for her. We have a large family. The two Humming Birds represent our parents and the 13 flowers represent all the kids. One set of twins so there are two identical flowers. the leather design is my brothers own. I came up with the box. He helped me install all the leather. We both love how it turned out. Our Mother was super excited about the box. Made out of Aromatic Cedar with yellow Alaskan Cedar dividers in the top. I have not done many dovetails. These were the first that I incorporated into one of my boxes. The box measures 9” deep x 15” wide x 7 1/2” tall. The box sits down into the bottom frame about a 16th of an inch. That was fun to figure out how to do and keep all the same angles. The panel door and the drawer fronts and the base are all cut on a 15 degree angle. Really enjoyed this projects. After I finished this one I started to feel bad about not having done anything for my dad so I got busy and built him a Keepsake box out of Walnut. I will post pics of his as well.

-- Our fears are traitors that make us loose the good we might obtain by fearing to attempt. Guy

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#1 posted 11-26-2019 02:52 AM

That is a fine work of art with the leather tooling and wood selection. I’m sure she will cherish it.

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

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#2 posted 11-26-2019 03:18 AM

Totally outstanding. What an incredible combination of woods. The leather accents are delightful.

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#3 posted 11-26-2019 03:20 AM

I’m sure she absolutely loves this. What a great gift.
Congrats on making your mom very happy!!!

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#4 posted 11-26-2019 03:36 AM

I agree,,,, very beautiful!!! You and your brother should “collaborate” often. That is a beautiful box and I know it means the world to your mom…

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 11-26-2019 04:59 AM

FANTASTIC work TIMES 2 === A+ A+-!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 11-26-2019 07:44 AM

You guys are both talented artists, that box is absolutely beautiful.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#7 posted 11-26-2019 08:33 AM


Heavenly wood.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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Tom Regnier

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#8 posted 11-26-2019 11:39 AM

That’s a really great looking project, kudos to both of you it’s just beautiful.
Is the lid frame also cedar? It looks slightly more red but I’m guessing it’s just the lighting.
Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 11-26-2019 12:59 PM

Very nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 11-26-2019 01:04 PM

Such an amazing box! Using the leather was a great idea and your brother did an amazing job. I know you both had a good time working together. I really like the front also!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 11-26-2019 01:49 PM

breath taking is at the top of my compliment list, everything else just rhetoric

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#12 posted 11-26-2019 03:12 PM

ditto to all said,really nice the two of you could work together and combine your talents,your moms gonna cry when she gets that.beautful work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 11-26-2019 05:18 PM

ERC is such an honest wood, great colors and grain patterens, the smell of it, and if you are where it’s generally found a deal to buy. Excellent use of it here, and that top, WOW.

Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 11-27-2019 01:00 AM

Beautiful top.

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#15 posted 11-27-2019 02:51 AM

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