Keepsake box

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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 12-03-2020 10:09 AM 494 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Keepsake Box with a Japanese-esque flair.

Of all my extensive box design investigations, I have seen only one that was similar to this design. And that was an antique with alot of gold filligree and ornamentation. So, I make the claim that this design is 99% original.

Woods used:


Dimensions: inner box – 9.5cm X 9.5cm X 9.5cm

Linseed oil and beeswax finish

Apologies for the wonky photos, was in a hurry.

Thanks for viewing.

And have a Great day!

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

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#1 posted 12-03-2020 11:12 AM

Brian, your use of the Brazilwood ? for accent is just astounding. Then I realized the overall dimensions make this about a 5” cube – wow
Great, great job

-- 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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#2 posted 12-03-2020 12:24 PM

Very pretty. Interesting design and excellent execution.

-- Pax - Maryland

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 12-03-2020 01:44 PM

Well! That’s not something you see every day. Well done, sir!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 12-03-2020 01:51 PM

Sweet! I read the email first, then saw the box. Not what I expected.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#5 posted 12-03-2020 02:01 PM

Box with a box top. Interesting design and beautifully built.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 12-03-2020 03:23 PM

Sweet little box and the design is excellent.
I like how the lid can serve as a small table/platform for the rest of the box. I am seeing some Moorish architecture influences. Beautiful piece.

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#7 posted 12-03-2020 04:16 PM

I have the same thought, that lid certainly looks the part of a small table for the box.

The full slip over lid is a cool concept, is that an aspect of the “Japanese style”?
How much clearance do you allow between the lid and box?

Thinking about other uses for this design, I’d be tempted to make frames around the outside of the interior where photos (with thin glass covers) could be slid into place and the outer lid could work as the visible part of the picture frame. T’would be way cooler than those cheesy plastic contraptions people have on their desks 8^)

Table top art with utility, nice!

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#8 posted 12-04-2020 04:37 AM

I like it a lot – excellent, something different. The style is on my list of Japanese Kodansu that I want to make – you beat me to it!! There’s lots of similar ‘lift-off-cover’ style Kodansu here – so perhaps not quite 99% original. Covered Kodansu. But cerainly original without the lacquer decoration, as all the ones in the link are covered with typical amazing Japanese Makie lacquer.

I’ve done one with a cut-outs in the sides (not yet posted) but not one that’s open at the bottom like yours. I’ll have to round to posting it.

-- Madburg WA

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#9 posted 12-04-2020 02:36 PM

Thank you´s to:

Mr. D.B.


Dave P.



Jon W.

Splint. Yes, the slip-over lid is typical Japanese style, Kodansu, as Madburg points out. The inner dimension of the lid is about 1mm larger than the box it fits, but that is split to each side. Then, with finish sanding, a little more., so not quite a piston fit like my inner trays usually are.

so perhaps not quite 99% original.
- madburg

Mad WA. Thanks. I kinda knew I was gonna be eating those words, as there really isnt anything new under the sun. Theres some interesting design elements on that Pinterest page you linked I might be pinching.

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

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 12-04-2020 05:10 PM

I agree with many of the other comments.
You are certainly a talented artist. We never know what creative pieces you’ll present.
Like the black, orange and brown combination.
Is the orange the color of the wood or is it painted.

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 12-04-2020 07:46 PM

Thanks, James. Yes, the orange is the colour of the wood. Pernambuco is a State in northern Brazil. Also called Brazilwood; and in fact the country is named after the wood. This wood is often used for violin/chello bows

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

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#12 posted 12-05-2020 02:15 AM

Great design and the wood grain and color choices go great with this design. Congrats on your DT3. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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