Unique Keepsake Box from a Beginner Lumberjock

  • Advertise with us
Project by MadGerman posted 12-30-2012 03:55 AM 2663 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone,

I finally finished my girlfriend’s Hope Chest that I have been working on for the last several weeks. I knew I wanted to make a keepsake box for her for her birthday, so while I was in ‘woodworking mode’ I decided to go ahead and make a keepsake box for her.

I used the leftover walnut from the Hope Chest as well as the leftover cedar from the chest’s lining. (I’ll post pics of the chest soon.) For this keepsake box, you can see the different pieces of walnut that were actually glued up to be one of the raised panels of the chest. That panel didn’t turn out like I wanted. Actually I think I goofed up on the measurement and made it too small. However, I didn’t want to toss the panel in case I needed it for something later on. Good thing I kept it.

For the lid, I used the same rail and stile bits as well as the same panel cutter. Instead of a solid wood panel, I thought a piece of textured glass would look good. I went to a local glass company (Kirkwood Glass if anyone is in St. Louis, MO) and had a piece cut.

I put it all together with tongue and groove corner joints. The finish is Minwax Wipe On Poly, glossy finish. I deliberately left the inside of the box unfinished, just like the Hope Chest, so the aroma of the cedar wasn’t spoiled.

So, now the big question….what do you think? Be kind with your comments, please. Keep in mind that I’m just getting into the world of woodworking. I’m an engineer by degree, and tend to be pretty particular (my girlfriend says I’m too anal about stuff like this), and I carried that same level of particular-ness into my woodworking.

Thanks for your feedback.


5 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


118322 posts in 5037 days

#1 posted 12-30-2012 04:01 AM

View jaykaypur's profile


4017 posts in 3868 days

#2 posted 12-30-2012 12:48 PM

Beautiful job

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

View doncutlip's profile


2832 posts in 5016 days

#3 posted 12-30-2012 05:30 PM

Very good work, I like the finish you have on it. You handled the endgrains well.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

View Zinderin's profile


94 posts in 3592 days

#4 posted 01-08-2013 02:15 PM

Very good work brother. I too am an engineer by trade … wait till you get the “jig bug” as an engineer. :)

View JoeinGa's profile


7741 posts in 3467 days

#5 posted 01-08-2013 02:36 PM

Beautiful box. If she decideds she doesnt like the little box, send it to me. My wife WOULD LOVE IT!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics