Memento box. Not my best work, but it was a good learning experience. Full album in comments

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Project by sawdust66 posted 05-23-2022 10:27 PM 709 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Full album here. Box is walnut and ambrosia maple. Danish oil then 3 coats of General Finishes High Performance satin. This is my first time making a “jewelry” type box. I really kept it as simple as I could since I wanted to allow for mistakes along the way. The mitered corners box assembly went pretty well for never having done that before. But cutting off the lid was problematic. I’ll do better next time. Also had some major issues with the hinges, but that’s how we learn.

-- Chris, Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 05-23-2022 10:36 PM

You did well and made a good looking box. Like the finish.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 05-23-2022 10:45 PM

That’s a real nice looking box. I think everyone has trouble with hinges. I sure do. One thing I found that helps is to get the top and bottom mated really well. I’ve got a piece of 24” wide sander belt. I clamp it to my table saw extension table and rub the box lid and bottom in circles till they mate nicely. I’ll also do that to the bottom so it sits flat.

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#3 posted 05-24-2022 01:51 AM

The box looks nice, wood choices are wonderful. Small boxes are difficult to hinge, but it appears you managed well. The finish is great. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#4 posted 05-24-2022 02:53 PM

Plenty to be happy with there!

The wood combo is nice and it appears you adapted well to any problems that arose.

Like Bob’s sander belt, I have a dedicated flat piece of 3/4” melamine with 20” diameter PSA sanding discs attached (120 & 180 grit) for flattening box openings and bottoms.

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#5 posted 05-24-2022 03:20 PM

Looks great to me! In our wood guild, we call projects like that “museum quality” – which means they look great from 10 feet away!

-- Phil, Missouri,

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