First Box, Incredible Gesture

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Project by 870pilot posted 04-09-2011 02:27 AM 2073 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After drooling over boxes made by Andy and “Blockhead” Brad, I decided to make my first box. Part skill builder, mostly a huge thanks to a 8 year old girl who reached out to me on a dark day with caring and compasion while she herself was grieving. I can’t tell you the backstory, but with crayons and scissors she made me a thank you card shaped like a heart. I’ll send her a heart in return.

Not a palm box, not really an art box, I salvaged the walnut from a local flooring supplier. Can you believe that the lid with lots of figure was headed for someone’s kindling pile? The padauk heart serves as a handle to lift the lid and the box is accented with the same wood for the feet and the plugs on the front. The photo of the inside is just for Brad, who pushed aside quilters and sew’rs at Joann’s for decorative box lining. I was fortunate enough to get a padauk-colored piece of cloth from my wife te quilter. Yes, I ironed it.

I used Watco Danish Oil to make the walnut and padauk pop. I had a great time using the three buffing wheel “Beall” system with tripoli, white diamond and carnuba bars. Makes for a super smooth surface, like glass.

I wish I still had access to Photoshop to process the photos so I could get the colors and tones to be faithful.

Bottom line, I’m really looking forward to giving this token of appreciation!

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 02:46 AM

i would say this is a

from the heart box

and a good beginning
to your dream of making something
that will be remembered for lifetimes

love the woods
and the contrasts

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 03:04 AM

Very nice, I’m sure that she will appreciate it. Your skills are becoming honed, Grasshopper.

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 03:24 AM

I’m working up to something special for my grand-daughter, Olivia. :)

Patron, thank you, sir!

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 03:31 AM

Very nice! That grain is astounding.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 03:35 AM

Lovely, the color contrast with the dots, feet and heart really makes the box spectacular.

-- Smitty

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 03:38 AM

A very nice box. Nice use of salvage materials.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 05:05 AM

Very nice wood combination and lovely design…..
The grain on that top is truly beautiful, and you utilized it perfectly.
As David said, this is really a “box from the heart”.
You can tell this was made with love and appreciation for a certain 8 year old girl…. Something she will treasure for many years!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 05:44 AM

Made with love for the next generation.


-- 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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#9 posted 04-09-2011 06:07 AM

The story, the box and the sentiment behind it are all beautiful.

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#10 posted 04-09-2011 06:20 AM

thats the kind of story i like to hear
coming from inside yourself
giving is what its all about
your are lucky to understand this!


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 04-09-2011 06:35 AM

It really pops of the screen. I like it a lot!!


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#12 posted 04-09-2011 01:29 PM

Great story & a fine box love the wood & I’m sure the recipient will too

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 04-09-2011 04:26 PM

Kids are great. I wish I could bring someone that much joy to make me a box.

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#14 posted 04-09-2011 06:38 PM

Wow, Paul, this is beautiful work. I love using this combination of wood and the figuring on the Walnut is spectacular. Are you sure this is your first box? I really like the Padauk accents and the finish is first rate. Thanks for the interior shot too! :v ) It looks great… You can tell some very special ingredients went into making this gift given the wonderful outcome. I know it will be cherished a lifetime.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#15 posted 04-09-2011 11:48 PM

jeeeeeze, thanks guys. yup, when you are building a project for somoone special there’s always that extra care and love that goes into it. as said, it was a skill builder, there’s a few things i would do different (or better) as the learning curve flattens out a little. you guys had a huge part in my ability to say thanks to keileigh with inspiration and education.

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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