Sapele Memory box

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Project by MarkR2 posted 08-27-2011 05:34 AM 1693 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This memory box / small chest was requested by my daughter to give to friends of hers in Dallas who lost their son and his grandfather in a tragic swimming pool accident earlier this summer.
The case is 10” x 16”, Materials are Sapele with Maple accents. Finish is 4 coats ARM R SEAL satin.
Mitered corners, raised panel (using table saw for coves) and deep / narrow mortises for the lock and quadrant hinges all firsts for me and my next project will be a shooting board to make the miters a bit tighter than I could get tuning them by eye with a block plane.

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#1 posted 08-27-2011 05:54 AM

Great box, like the wood, very nice craftsmanship. Looks terrific.

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 08-27-2011 08:10 AM

Great box Mark and nice attention to detail.


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#3 posted 08-27-2011 01:15 PM

Handsome work. You done good Mark….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 04:12 PM

Beautiful box. I may copy design/size but do a veneer top since I have yet tried the technique. Boxes make wonderful gifts. And, they match the size of my small shop. Thanks for the ideas and your posting.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 08-27-2011 04:21 PM

Mark ,that is one great looking box.The dimensions are perfect and the inlays are well placed.I like the feet, nice touch,over all great work and very clean. It’s an eye catcher,what is the height? GREAT WORK.

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#6 posted 08-27-2011 05:12 PM

Our Condolences to all Your families and friends, You have made a very fitting tribute, wonderful work on a beautiful Memory Box

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 08-27-2011 10:56 PM

Very nice work and great proportions. I love the inlay technique you did and the feet add a great touch of elegance. Thanks for posting

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#8 posted 08-28-2011 03:17 AM

thats a bad ass design! Looks great. Did you have plans, or build from scratch?

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#9 posted 08-28-2011 03:26 AM

Thank you for helping other people.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#10 posted 08-28-2011 04:16 AM

Thanks all for the comments
Dean – The case is 9.5” with overall height at 11.25”, the width at top and feet ended up at 17”
James – no plans other than a quick sketch and dimensions that made sense to hold a few of the little treasures I’m sure Ethans parents want to keep in a special place.
Went to the lumber place planning to buy cherry or maybe walnut but the Sapele caught my eye, it wasn’t until I started milling that some scrap maple got involved…....
Sapele is a great wood to work except getting past tear out both from the mill and my own planing – scraping and sanding did the trick

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