Wedding Keepsake Box

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Project by Eric posted 10-06-2021 12:43 AM 997 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished up the Wedding Keepsake Box, for my daughter’s wedding at the end of the month. This measures 14” across the sides, stands 13” high, the picture frame area will hold a 4” x 6” photo. I cut down the inventation card down a little to fit. She will have to add photos before the wedding. There is about 2 1/2” below the bottom edge of the photo frame, which houses a secret area.

I debated on the finish, ended up using a white wash, to keep with the wedding theme, and allow the wood grain come through, then 5 coats of water based polyurethane.

The splines are Wenge along with the knobs to hold the top down to the box. I used oak dowel pins around the perimeter of both the top and bottom to lock the banding in place. Then wooden knobs for the feet.

The last photo shows an emblem which I have come up with, still needs to be refined. If you wish to view photos of the build process check out the blog build.

Thanks for looking!

-- Eric, building the dream

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#1 posted 10-06-2021 12:48 AM

Nice, Eric! Glad you got it done in time, and I’m sure it’ll be a hit!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 10-06-2021 01:14 AM

Thanks Dave. It’s been ready for finish for the past month. Started on another project for the bride and groom, for entertainment in the yard. So the cutting process held up my finish. Now I working on finishing that one to.

Then it’s off to the races for the Tool Swap. Not to mention I have a grandson who’s birthday is after the first of the month.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 10-06-2021 02:31 AM

That is a neat design. Looks great too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 10-06-2021 02:52 AM

It turned out great Eric. The white wash is a good idea, doesn’t make it look like plastic. Great job all around.

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

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#5 posted 10-06-2021 02:57 AM

sweet box eric,and congrats on your daughters future happiness.

-- 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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#6 posted 10-06-2021 04:02 AM

Great job Eric. I am sure it will mean a lot to her.

-- Can you skin griz pilgrim? Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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#7 posted 10-06-2021 04:20 AM

Congratulations on wedding…...extraordinary box….realy good work, very beautiful!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 10-06-2021 10:19 AM

Thanks y’all for the nice comments. A project from the heart makes a wonderful gift.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 10-06-2021 12:18 PM

Very nice Eric.

-- Cal, South Carolina,USMC

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#10 posted 10-06-2021 12:56 PM

That is a real cool design, Eric!! You did some fine woodworking on that piece. That window idea cold be useful for an urn, too!!!!!

It should be greatly appreciated…...............Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 10-06-2021 02:52 PM

That is some fine work Eric! Neat concept and design.

I bet I know where your mind was at while making that! 8^)

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#12 posted 10-06-2021 04:43 PM

I’m sure some of the guest are going to ask for one. Love the finish. Great color for a wedding.

I wish your daughter and new son great happiness!!!

-- James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 10-06-2021 05:21 PM

Well done! thanks for posting

-- Petey

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#14 posted 10-06-2021 10:04 PM

Thanks again for the kind comments.

Jim, not sure about an urn, but scale it down a little and use one side for the photo, may work out.

James, I just may get a few request. I have thout about hitting a few of the wedding venues around here to see if I might get any takers, maybe say they get 10% for a sale.

I have not sent any photos to my daughter yet, I want to see her face when I present it to her. I think she will like the second gift I’m working on now. (Corn Hole Board, to match the wedding theme)

-- Eric, building the dream

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#15 posted 10-06-2021 10:53 PM

Wow – amazing design and build. I think the white wash really fits the wedding theme.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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