Keepsake box

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Project by FrankyFiveAces posted 11-18-2011 08:16 AM 1874 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built these boxes as a wedding gift for my brother in law and his wife. Matching boxes with alternating wood and matching locks. First box was oak front&back with poplar sides&top, second was poplar front&back with oak sides&top. Some notes:
- Dovetailed sides using a Craftsman jig (through dovetails would have been preferred).
- “Feet” on the bottom using a bandsaw to cut a curve with the radius of a nickel into a template and flush trimming the rest.
- Curved top idea came from Woodsmith magazine: cut a slight angle into the top, leaving a triangle when viewed from the side, then use a hand plane to ease up the harsh angles, sanding to smooth out the curve.
- Half mortise lock: in retrospect I found a full mortise lock is probably easier; lots of chiseling and a substantial amount of elbow grease and cursing before the locks fit right. Then the escutcheon nearly got the better of me, but I achieved victory in the end.
- Finishing: General Finishes Shaker Maple water based gel stain, shellac sealer, 2x water based polyurethane topcoat. Gel stain for poplar is always a good idea, and it worked out well for the oak.

In the end my brother in law appreciated them much more than his new wife; but she’s new to the family, she’ll learn.

-- "Never give a sucker an even break." -W.C. Fields

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 05:21 PM

Nice job Franky.
The grain and the brass hardware sets them off.

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 01:21 AM

frankyfiveaces; nice name,nice boxes. Any relation to frankie five angels from GFII?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 11-20-2011 04:08 AM

they all are very nice projects. sounds like your bro needs a new wife…....... (jus kiddin) some just don’t get it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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