First Box ( that came out decent! )

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Project by Divotdog posted 06-09-2011 10:54 PM 1200 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made from ambrosia maple (kind of hard to find around here). The lid frame and the dovetail keys are black walnut. I veneered the lid panel bottom and top. And I made sure the photos were not real clear so my mistakes kind of blended in!

I started out trying to make the keepsake box from Woodsmith mag. But that box was solid mahogany and I really wanted to use this highly figured maple for a friend of mine. So instead of a solid lid I modiied the lid design. The carcass was only 1/4” at the top, too thin for hinges, so the lid is now a pin hinge with pins sanded down from walnut strips. The frame is tenon and groove instead of miter because I had to use the hidden pin hinges and I didn’t know if miter joints would hold up.

I also used dovetail keys instead of straight ones but I failed to realize how small they would get at the top after the 11 degree bevel cut on the sides! Oh well!!

The finish is three coats of Watco amber with 3 coats of poly sanded in between to 600. I diluted the poly about 30% with thinner for the last coat. Lastly, I used a felt covered cardboard insert to line the bottom. Now I think squaring up wood is much easier than cutting fabric square!


-- David, Dallas,Tx - golf weather is warming up but it's cool in the shop.

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 11:08 PM

Nice work. Looks good. I never follow plans to the letter. Just gotta change it some

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-11-2011 03:14 AM

cool man. i love how u did the splines in the corners. keep building…...

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