First Hardwood Project - Purple Heart Saddow Box with Maple Dovetail Keys

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Project by WoodyMark posted 01-26-2013 09:45 PM 4987 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always been plagued with Honey-do lists..these are pretty simple because they consist mostly of white-wood. Well, I have several small projects, but this is my first actual hardwood project that I have finished. I will post more projects as I have time. I have a really cool scarf hanger I made as a gift for my Mother-n-law made from Cedar. This shadowbox was made for a very special baby. A family member had a little girl about 6 weeks premature. She spent several weeks in the NIC Unit until her lungs were strong enough so that she could breathe on their own. She came home a few weeks ago as a healthy baby…looking at all the babies in ICU, you have to feel so horrible for those that are not so fortunate. I am not completely finished with this though. I have 6 – 4” x 6” pictures to hang inside. Each picture is of a letter. Putting the 6 unique letters together spells her name. The letters are real letters made out of some man-made items (like iron fences), and others are made from natural occurring items (like plants). Anyways, I have Teak Oiled some 1/4” Oak ply for the backing, and eventually, the pictures will be hung from the backing with some miniature close-line clips (also wooden). The pictures are colorful, but I am thinking about covering the backing with a cream colored silk material. What do you guys think? Remember, the pictures are of letters of all different colors. Also remember that it’s for a special little girl (not implying that all babies aren’t special). I know it’s not perfect, but this is my first attempt at mitered dovetail keys on the router table, and I am pretty proud of them as you can tell! I really wish I would’ve spent more time sanding the frame because I see imperfections, but hopefully Momma will be proud to display it in the new nursery! Thanks for all of your recommendations! I will update the project once I have decided and completed the backing!

-- "Don't ask me how I know that"-CN

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 10:00 PM

So the letter pics are going to be mounted in this frame? – i think it will look good
i would personally lay off the fabric inside as it may be casket-like
i like the wood showing as is but i would need to see how the frames look in it

if you’re trying to soften it a bit it and you don’t want to show the wood you could latex paint it and wax it?
very thoughtful project and well done!

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 03:56 AM

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#3 posted 01-28-2013 12:56 AM

I have now added the letters so you guys could better understand what it is that I am going after. The letters that spell out the name are not permanently affixed…I only installed them to show you. The wooden close-line pins will be used in the final project. Just remember…this is for a little girl, and now that I think about it, Simon, material would make it look casket-like. Thanks for the feedback.

P.S. Sorry about the blurry pictures.


-- "Don't ask me how I know that"-CN

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 06:43 PM

Is there any way to get more comments from users on this? I just see all these projects with many many comments, and I really need help on this. I am really struggling on what to do. I STILL haven’t made a decision, and I really need to complete this project!

-- "Don't ask me how I know that"-CN

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 07:35 PM

Very nice. Something’s to try (not sure it would look as good, just ideas)...paint or stain the clothes pins….PhotoShop the prints so the background is black and white with color letters? Otherwise, looks good as is. Sign and date the back maybe with a small note to the baby.

-- Wisconsin Wildcat

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