Memory Box

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Project by DBrown posted 02-04-2013 06:56 PM 1693 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this memory box for my sister’s upcoming wedding. To date this is the most sophisticated thing I have made and I think it turned out beautifully. I used Peruvian Walnut for the majority of the box. The corner splines, removable tray and the interior lining of the box were all done with Birdseye Maple. I used Birdseye Maple as it is my sister’s favorite looking wood. This was the first time that I have ever done corner splines and they sure turned out well. The handles for the tray I used Purpleheart; just to give it a little bit of contrast. The interior corner blocks for the tray to sit on are made out of Peruvian Walnut as well.

A buddy of mine from RS Woodworking told me about the little trick using the ribbon to stop the lid from falling over…. I think it sure gives it a nice touch…....thanks Ryan.

The front skeleton key lock made me nervous to install as I didn’t want to have to start over and I wasn’t very experienced with using chisels…...but with some precise measurements and taking my time everything lined up beautifully and it has a nice snug fit. The gold plated skeleton key lock and the hinges I purchased from Lee Valley Tools.

Well the box took me some time to complete and I learned a lot along the way. I give it to her this week…... I hope her and husband love their new memory box.

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 07:19 PM

Very nice. Great choice of woods. Excellent job with the splines. They really set it off. As does the hardware. And, very neat inletting of the lock. That’s not the easiest job in the world.
Your sis and beau should be very happy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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RS Woodworks

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 07:55 PM

Looks great Dustin. Seems like you did a very good job with it! And the lock looks very nicely installed as well.
I like how you attached the purpleheart handles to the tray, very nice bit of style there.
My only constructive critique if your ok with me offering it is I think that the BE Maple lining would have looked better mitered at the corners as well. Also, is the lid panel sitting in a groove to allow for expansion / contraction? If not you may have trouble with those miters opening up on you.
Finish looks A+ as well bud. And glad to see you liked the use of the ribbon as the lid stay!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 01:59 AM

You did a first rate job on this beautiful box. Hopefully the parts are small enough that wood movement won’t cause damage down the road. I have trapped panels like you did and have gotten away with it so far (but My panels are usually very thin).

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

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 03:05 PM

Elegant looking box, beautiful exterior as well as the interiors, like the hinges and the wood combination. A great and special wedding gift!


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#5 posted 02-06-2013 03:41 PM

The box is quite beautiful and you did a wonderful job on it. I’m sure that she will love and cherish it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 09:24 PM

Beautiful box! I love the hinges as well as that dark, dark walnut. Keep up the good work!

-- David

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