Frame / Panel Keepsake Box #2

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Project by Woodhacker posted 05-27-2008 12:59 AM 12034 views 31 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a birthday gift for one of my sisters. This is a variant of an original design. The first of the two can be seen at, and if your interested, I did a related blog on the first box at

Each surface, except for the bottom, are a panel and frame construction. The top includes a scrollwork scene I’ve used in another of my gift boxes. The frames are mitered at the corners with a locking spline running through and perpendicular to the miter joint. The frames are made from jatoba. The panels are made from black walnut and are tongue and grooved into the frames. Inside each frame is an inlay banding, which is also on the inside of the lid. The corner posts, handle, and locking miter splines are all made from gaboon ebony. The ebony handle is joined using a small blind mortise/tenon. The feet are made from a cocobolo pen blank. Each side is joined to the ebony corner post using blind mortise and tenon joinery. All the outside edges are beveled at 45 degrees, approx. 1/8 inch wide. The base is rabbeted into the sides and is made of red oak. In all, there are 57 separate pieces of joined/milled wood that make up this keepsake box, not including 24 pieces of patterned inlay banding that surround the panels. The “latch” is a pair of rare earth magnets embedded into the lid and front using a mixture of CA glue (cynoacrylate glue) and jatoba sawdust. The hinge is a piano type hinge with a 95 degree stop.

The finish is an oil base sealer coat followed by 4 coats of wipe-on oil/poly blend. The finish was rubbed out with paste wax using 0000 steel wool. A second paste wax coat followed.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#1 posted 05-27-2008 01:06 AM

Pretty cool looking box. I like the spline detail.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-27-2008 02:27 AM

thats a great box, nice blog on it too! thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 05-27-2008 02:45 AM

This is a wonderful box. There are so many details that give it visual interest.

Very nice.

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

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#4 posted 05-27-2008 03:01 AM

There is a ton of fine work in this box. Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-27-2008 03:33 AM

very nice box. excellent work

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#6 posted 05-27-2008 03:58 AM

Beautiful box. I realy like the splined miters. Great detail. Finish looks great too.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#7 posted 05-27-2008 04:13 AM

Very nice box. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 05-27-2008 05:40 AM

Great looking box , very detailed , I can see that you have a lot of patience.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#9 posted 05-27-2008 05:49 AM

wow…this is just beautiful!!!

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#10 posted 05-27-2008 05:54 AM

Smack! That is gorgeous!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 05-27-2008 06:17 AM

That was a lot of work I’ll bet. it sure does look good though. Nice job!

-- Kevin

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#12 posted 05-27-2008 01:33 PM

Very cool.

-- JJohn

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#13 posted 05-27-2008 02:16 PM

Very handsome box, with an interesting design. Thanks for posting it.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#14 posted 05-27-2008 05:45 PM

This box speaks volumes a family heirloom for sure…nice craftmanship…lucky sister…Blkcherry

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#15 posted 05-28-2008 03:47 AM

Awwwwww great box!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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