Lillie's Box

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Project by Russ posted 03-02-2011 06:28 AM 2064 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this project for my niece Lillie’s 4th birthday. I wanted to make her a box that could be a keepsake and gain some experience with box making. I purchased all of the wood at an estate sale for a couple of bucks. The box is made of African Mahogany and the legs are Honduran Rosewood. The design for the body and legs were taken from issue 202 (Jan/Dec 2010/2011) of Wood magazine. The top was of my own design. My awesome wife painted the Lily on top based on a tattoo my niece’s mother got after she was born. I finished the box with BLO and Minwax Polycrylic Gloss spray. First time using both products and I was very happy with the rich color given by the BLO and the quick application of the water based Polycrylic. I welcome all suggestions for improvement given I’m only in my second year doing woodworking.

-- Russ

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 06:55 AM

Wow, that looks great. That mahogany is fantastic. What kind of paint did your wife use?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 07:25 AM

She used acrylic paint. I had done some research on painting over BLO prior to using it and this seemed to be a common suggestion.

-- Russ

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 07:44 AM

Great job, buddy. You’re really coming along as a craftsman.

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 08:02 AM

And a cute kid.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 11:39 AM

Lookks great and the smile says it all, she seems to love it! Which make it all worth it. Congrats.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 12:06 PM

when you can put a smile on some one face is all the payment one needs great job

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#7 posted 03-02-2011 12:27 PM

Looks to me like you and your Mrs. did a great job on that, I think the young lady in the picture thinks so too. Nice job!!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#8 posted 03-02-2011 02:14 PM

Nice job. She will cherish it for years to come.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 03-02-2011 02:44 PM

Nice Job Russ and I’m sure she will treasure it. Thanks.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#10 posted 03-02-2011 03:26 PM

best wishes

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#11 posted 03-02-2011 03:44 PM

There is no way possible to get any cutier than that! Great job.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 03-02-2011 04:43 PM

Nice looking box.

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#13 posted 03-02-2011 05:14 PM

That’s a very nice box and it sure looks like Lillie thinks so too. Nice going.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 03-02-2011 06:19 PM

She will remember that box for a very long time. How special you made here feel you can see it in her face. Keep up the great woodworking.

-- Billp

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#15 posted 03-02-2011 07:39 PM

The box and that picture of her cradling it at that age will be a heirloom.

This reminds me of my favorite woodworking quote:

“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think…that a time is to come when those (heirlooms) will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.’ “

—John Ruskin. Audels Carpenters and Builders Guide, 1923 Theo Audel & CO. New York.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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