Walnut & Maple Keepsake Box

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Project by je_superfly posted 08-16-2012 08:55 AM 2392 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was made for my fiance as a birthday present. I haven’t been able to put as much time into this hobby of mine as I would have liked to since starting woodworking two years ago or so. But this box was constructed with techniques I hadn’t previously tried.

First I resawed and milled a 4/4 walnut board as to be able to produce a continuous matched grain pattern around the box. I picked up some beautifully figured maple boards a while back on eBay and have been hoarding them for some time now. I couldn’t think of a better use than for my future bride. The splines and lid tab are of maple as well.

This will be my first post on this site and am very excited to share some of my projects with this community. This box turned out pretty well I think. The pictures shown are halfway through the finishing stage. A few more coats of tung oil and it’ll be ready to go!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 11:24 AM

‘Very nicely done. Welcome to LJ’s. All wood, all of the time!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 12:19 PM

Great looking box, James.

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 01:20 PM

Classic look, walnut and maple are just ment to go together, nice proportions and style, are the hinges of the stop type, I’m sure she will love it, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 02:17 PM

Would have love to seen with the finish on since the wood choice are top notch. Your sell the viewer short it like going to the fireworks with no grand finally. With that said and with my experience I know this one will look remarkable when completed. The maple lid has grand finally written all over it….thanks for showing BC

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 02:23 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Here is where I hang my head in shame a little bit. I didn’t exactly splurge on quality hinges like I was originally intending to. They are just the cheapo brass ones from…(*cough cough..Lowes). They don’t really have stops. One of them is just kind of tight so the lid will stay open at a certain degree. I didn’t work with any dye or other figure “popping” techniques on the lid. Just an oil finish. I’ll admit it does look better in person, but I will be sure to take another pic when completely finished. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that maple some justice!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 04:43 PM

I like it. Classic and simple.

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 10:02 PM

Nice looking box. I agree, simple and classic. Nice choice of wood as well. Cant wait to see it finished.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#8 posted 08-16-2012 11:39 PM

I feel your hinge pain. I have a hard time spending $30 on a set of hinges. I get mine from Woodcraft, but they are the cheapest they carry, not unlike your Lowes hinges. As long as you take the time to mortise them in they look just fine.
You have built a fine box. the miters are tight and the splines look great. Like someone said here it is tough to beat the look of Walnut and Maple.
Thanks for sharing your work and keep them coming.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#9 posted 08-17-2012 03:09 AM

Wow, beautiful. I can’t seem to find wood like that around here & if I do usually can’t afford it.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#10 posted 08-17-2012 03:31 AM

dnick actually picked up most all of my wood so far online. Treasures can be found on Ebay and sometimes there’s deals to be made!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#12 posted 09-13-2012 08:29 PM

Good job welcome aboard

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