Going Away Gift - Walnut and Epoxy

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Project by rtbrmb posted 06-25-2021 05:18 PM 844 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently made this going away gift for a co-worker-she and I had worked together (on a daily basis) for 4 years.

Most of these details are the same as other boxes I have made over the years. I was able to wrap the walnut grain around all 4 corners using this jig that I made years ago; box joint jig

There were a few voids in the walnut lid that I filled with matching epoxy from her name. For the splines on the lid, I used inverted pieces of scrap maple flooring that still had the “haunch” profile in it – that created a void to add some more epoxy for a slight detail.

The state of Michigan inlay is maple burl & the veneer maple top was something I picked up on e-bay years ago.

She is a big Chris Farley fan so that was my inspiration for the underlid character and phrase.

Bottom is made from aromatic cedar which she will get the scent from every time the lid is opened.

Finished with GF seal-a-sell & multiple coats of GF arm-r-seal.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 06-25-2021 05:51 PM

Very nice gift. She should really like it.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 06-25-2021 07:18 PM

What a beautiful gift. I hope she appreciates the hard work you put into this lovely box. Thanks for sharing, Joe

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

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#3 posted 06-26-2021 12:37 AM

Neat job. Was the detail carved, routed, CNC’s or lasere’d?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 06-26-2021 12:42 AM


I use a CNC to inlay the state of Michigan, carve the name, carve the underlid character & cut the arches in the base.

Thanks for asking.


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#5 posted 06-26-2021 03:16 AM

What an awesome box…nice work sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 06-26-2021 11:58 AM

really good looking – what about the hinge blocks ?

-- 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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#7 posted 06-26-2021 01:43 PM

try nice. She will love it.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#8 posted 06-26-2021 06:39 PM

That is a great looking box and will be a very nice gift!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 06-28-2021 02:44 PM

Great execution and details. I’ve always liked contrasting woods, as well.

Love the lid!!! May have to ‘benchmark’ that design… ;)

This is a Going Away gift that will always be treasured

BTW . . . Hello from a fellow Michigander! (currently residing in Nebraska)

-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein

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#10 posted 06-29-2021 03:43 PM

Very nice box, how were the corners done where you have a “V” design in maple?

-- John D, OP, KS

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#11 posted 06-29-2021 06:14 PM

Thank to everyone for taking the time to view/comment on my recent gift box project.

I stumbled upon those “V” spline features a few projects ago. I accidentally placed two miter spline on the top half of a box lid (instead of the bottom). When I went to cut the bevel on the lid- a partial miter spline was left exposed.

The size of the remaining spline can vary by the bevel angle, width of the spline or placement of the spline.


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#12 posted 07-03-2021 01:06 AM

Thanks for the nice comment, it’s always good to here from a fellow woodworker especially one so talented. You live in a beautiful state, Michigan. I spent many trips to Grayling when I was in the Guard, and loved it. My wife and I have had several adventures since then going up to Sault St. Marie and stopping at beautiful places along the way. Thanks again and Keep Posting, Joe

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

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