Spalted Maple/Mahogany Keepsake Box #3

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Project by Dan posted 11-23-2011 08:03 PM 3749 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small keepsake box I made to give as a Christmas gift to someone this year. This is the third box I have made using spalted maple and mahogany. I really like the contrast between the two woods.

This one is a rather basic and simple design with splined miters and drop in lid. The splines are maple and I cut the splines using my table saw with a jig I made. I put a little handle on the top which is a piece of Wenge that I just cut a 30deg bevel on each end and attached with a wood screw from the bottom of the lid. I finished the box with a few coats of Tung Oil..

Its nice having this done so early. Last year I didn’t have my first Christmas gift project done until just a few days before Christmas. I then rushed the next few days finishing the rest of them up… So this year I got an earlier start. I have two more boxes going right now and should have them done this weekend..

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 08:09 PM

nice work Dan. Nice gift!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 08:12 PM

Looks great Dan, is that some more of the firewood maple. If so, that is a great rescue and paying dividends. Well done.

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 08:13 PM

Looks great Dan. You can’t beat a handmade box. Thanks for sharing.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 08:52 PM

Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 11-23-2011 09:05 PM

Thanks guys!

Shane, Yes, the spalted maple was from a log that was in the firewood pile. It was a short log but I was able to get a lot of nice short pieces out of it. Great for boxes like this.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 01:02 AM

Love the top and the handle; plus you put a great looking finish on it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 11-24-2011 05:26 AM

Nice I just got my first firewood white oak boards the other day now that I have my bandsaw tuned up and ready to go.

What is your source for firewood. Do you order a big batch of firewood and store it in your backyard for a while?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 11-24-2011 06:49 AM

nice box there, i love using spalted wood…just made one myself, good luck on getting ahead with your christmas boxes…folks love them and they will use them for all sorts of things..thanks for sharing it…look forward to seeing what else you do…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 11-24-2011 02:35 PM

Great work I just love the top!

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

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#10 posted 11-25-2011 04:50 AM

Great looking box!

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#11 posted 11-25-2011 08:44 PM

Nice Box, the wood combo is Great, Your work ethic will spread and help us all get going on the Christmas Rush, You are an Inspiration, Thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 11-28-2011 07:26 PM

Mauricio, I always have firewood stacked up because I have a wood burner in my house. I get my firewood from different places and some of it I cut myself. I didn’t know I had any spalted maple until I split one of the logs. It must have been sitting outside for at least a year.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#13 posted 11-29-2011 02:52 AM

very nice project

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

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#14 posted 05-01-2012 08:34 AM

Great job.


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#15 posted 05-01-2012 02:24 PM

You’ve made a very nice box and I love the wood.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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