5 keepsake boxes

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Project by Mike posted 12-23-2012 01:39 AM 1326 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at box building! I have to say, I LOVE it! 5 pretty keepsake boxes for 5 pretty girls ages 9 down to 5 (my daughter plus 4 nieces) for Christmas. I bought some rough sawn boards from a local Amish sawmill and jointed and planed them all to size myself. The boxes are in order of pics…solid hickory, Maple with beveled sides and cherry insert lid and cherry splines, solid cherry (the lid is a solid 9×12 piece with some figuring in it), Black Walnut with Maple insert lid and angled maple splines, and lastly, Maple box with walnut splines and a birch lid (stained dark walnut). The finish is simply 5 coats of lacquer with Sanding between 3rd and 4th coats with 320 paper. This was a huge undertaking and took about 4 weeks of evenings and weekends. It was also a HUGE learning experience for me, and the boxes are far from perfect. But I had an absolute blast building them. Thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 01:48 AM

Each and every one is great,they are going to love them.

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#2 posted 12-23-2012 01:51 AM

You’ve been busy. They all turned out much better than my first attempts. You will make 5 little girls very happy on Christmas morning! Good work. You’re hooked now (boxes are more addictive than drugs).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 12-23-2012 03:03 AM

Nice work. As a first attempt, they are really nice. And a lasting present!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 12-23-2012 02:43 PM

Awesome first attempt. Great work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 07:08 PM

thanks guys! I really enjoyed making these and learned a LOT from each one. Already throwing around ideas for more

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#6 posted 01-21-2013 06:45 PM

I’m a newbie here and for what it’s worth, I would caution anyone using old barn wood to be careful of bugs. The reason I say that is I had an experience some years ago with old barn wood. I made a few relief carvings and hung them on the family room wall, after about 6 months we noticed something was eating the drywall around and behind the carvings.
We could not see anything in the wood until I used a magnifier and then I could make out a bunch of little holes, I never noticed them when I was carving on them and I had washed and cleaned the wood before I started.
We took them down and got some bug spray stuff from a friend of mine in the business and sprayed the area and in the little holes, even after that another spot appeared a short distance away about a month later, sprayed that area and have not had a problem since.
My friend said they were some sort of beetle, don’t remember what kind but they are present in grain and manure. This happened even with a finish on them. I did some more later by putting the wood in the microwave and cooked the little guys and did not have any more problems. Since then all my old carving wood from off the ground are out of old building go through the microwave if they will fit, if not I run them though the oven, when the wife is not looking. LOL
Anyway I did not mean to highjack this post I just thought someone may benefit from my experience.
With all that said these are really nice boxes, I only hope that when I try one it will come out as nice as these. I like your wood combinations also.

-- Do it right the first time

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