Graduation Box

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Project by Christian Holihan posted 07-27-2020 04:46 PM 877 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Mahogany and Lacewood box as a graduation present for my son. I had been saving the lacewood for a special project and this fit the bill.

I used birch dowels to pin the rabbets on the sides. They are in groups of five to represent “The 5 Essential Truths of Life” that were part of his initiation ritual that he experienced when he turned 18.

It is finished with amber shellac and paste wax.

Thanks for looking!

-- Nobody deserves particle board |

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#1 posted 07-27-2020 05:05 PM

Beautiful Box!
I like the pins in the rabbits and the lacewood is gorgeous.
I’m sure he is excited about this great gift.

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#2 posted 07-27-2020 06:45 PM

Very nice! May need a lock to keep his stash safe?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 07-27-2020 09:31 PM

very nice – the lacewood works well with the mahogany

-- 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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#4 posted 07-27-2020 09:47 PM

Thanks for the compliments all!

-- Nobody deserves particle board |

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#5 posted 07-28-2020 01:28 AM

Looks very nice, great details and good selection of wood.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 07-28-2020 01:30 AM

Great looking box! The lacewood, mahogany and dowels work very well together.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 07-28-2020 01:33 AM

I love the box. The wood combination is great.

-- Greg, Amarillo quote - 'Tis dangerous meddling with edge-tools. ~John Tatham, c.1652

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#8 posted 07-28-2020 12:17 PM

I’m sure he will love it. Great design and execution.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 07-28-2020 05:27 PM

You box certainly looks like a great gift for your son, he should cherish it for someday when he has his own children graduating!

How did you form the little “gap” between the top and the bottom when it is closed? Is there any kind of hidden catch? Magnetic perhaps? Is the little dot opposite the hinge side on the top just there to denote the side you need to lift to open? Are you considering lining the inside with adhesive felt or velvet?

-- Most of my tools are older than I am

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#10 posted 08-04-2020 12:13 AM

Very nicely done! I love the overall look and proportions of this box and the birch dowels just grab your eye to take a second look. Fabulous job.

-- AJ

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