Keepsake Box

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Project by TomK posted 04-23-2008 05:19 AM 1910 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of two boxes I made for my daughters, my first project(s). They were made from curly maple with machine cut dovetails (Incra jig). I’ve learned so much since these were first constructed about a year ago. Now I would have spaced the dovetail further apart and made them smaller. The girls were thrilled though since they have a way to lock their possesions away from their brother. The brand on the inside of the top was from a former working branding iron my grandfather used in Oklahoma, back before statehood, when it was still “Indian Territory”.

I have accumulated several projects I’ve made over the last year that I will post one or two at a time for fairness to others.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#1 posted 04-23-2008 05:28 AM

You did a really nice job and I am sure your daughter will cherish it as she grows up as being from the hands of here Dad.
You can’t buiy that.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 04-23-2008 05:35 AM

Nice projects and cool story behind the branding iron.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 04-23-2008 05:37 AM

Nice work. Knowing the reaction I get from my granddaughters for such an item, I know how you must feel.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 04-23-2008 09:47 AM

Great box, the girls must love them. What are the dimensions?

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#5 posted 04-23-2008 12:08 PM

This is a nice box and I really like the way you added your “signature” to the piece.

Thanks for the post and sharing the story behind it as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 04-23-2008 01:41 PM

Well done. Lokking forward to seeing more.

-- JJohn

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#7 posted 04-23-2008 02:40 PM

Smaller than a chest, larger than typical box, the dimensions are 16X10X10. That’s the reason for using 3/4 stock. I wanted the extra strength. Plus, I didn’t have a planer at this point.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#8 posted 04-23-2008 03:26 PM

Very nice looking box. I’m working on becoming a box maker myself. I can see I have a ways to go. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 04-23-2008 03:50 PM

You and I need to talk …. I haven’t tried a through dovetail yet on my Incra, how was it? Nice job Tom.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#10 posted 04-24-2008 12:37 AM

Looks very good. I like the brand as a way to really personalize the work.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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