Granddaughter's Art Box

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Project by Joe posted 11-24-2020 08:19 PM 716 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My granddaughter Camille was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. I’m very proud of her as I am all my granddaughters. She is very talented and enjoys painting so I decided to make her an art box for the occasion. The top and splines are made of walnut and the box and tray are made of cherry. The top is held in place with 2 magnets but still allows it to be pushed and pulled along it’s runners. Inside and below the tray is a 1 1/2” tall X 16” divider made of 1/4” poplar held in place by to walnut 1/8” strips dadoed into the sides of the box to hold it in place. The box is 6 1/2” X 12” X 17” & 5/8” thick. I used a rub on satin poly method taught by Linda Cook an expert box finisher. Thanks for taking your time to look.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 11-24-2020 10:07 PM

Fine box, finish and great photos. To me the photos are half the presentation. It’s where Many great builds fall short.

She’s going to treasure it for the rest of her life. It will inspire her to create.

Rare earth magnets were a nice touch.

-- James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 11-24-2020 11:17 PM

What a lucky granddaughter.
Beautiful box, well done.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 11-24-2020 11:43 PM

Very good box, she will enjoy using it and will never forget the love you showed to her by building this box for her, building life time memories precious commody.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 11-24-2020 11:59 PM

the quality of the box shows your love and pride you have for her.nice work grandpa.

-- 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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#5 posted 11-25-2020 02:32 AM

Great work on the box, I am sure it will be cherrished for years to come. And a wonderful memory each time it is opened.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 11-25-2020 03:27 AM

Lovely. Such a beautiful and thoughtful gift. Love all the details. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 11-25-2020 06:58 AM

Joe, what a nice job. I like the proportions, the sliding lid with magnets to hold it in place, and the 20 delicate 1/8 inch splines. The internal design is thoughtfully done, and the compartments are well sized. Your craftsmanship, and photographic skills are certainly on display here. I know you really excel at “Grandpa Projects.” Lucky kids. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 11-25-2020 11:18 AM


real nice box. I love the sliding lid

-- Petey

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#9 posted 11-25-2020 12:47 PM

Excellent work Joe!
She’s going to love it. Very subtle yet it speaks volumes and like others have said, she’ll be inspired by this instant heirloom. Wonderful work.
Can you share a little about Linda Cook’s satin poly? Is it a blend of poly, ms and an oil?

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#10 posted 11-25-2020 01:33 PM

Beautiful work, I’m sure she will deeply enjoy it.

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#11 posted 11-25-2020 03:23 PM

Very Nice!!!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#12 posted 11-25-2020 06:45 PM

Beautiful box. I’m sure your granddaughter will treasure it.

-- Ron Stewart

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#13 posted 11-27-2020 10:33 AM

Elegant box!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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