Purple Heart Memory Chest

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Project by Jerbone posted 06-04-2013 05:18 PM 1571 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This build was a lot of fun for me. Between working with some great looking wood, to using all sorts of new techniques and skills I really enjoyed it. There were plenty of mistakes made but I think I recovered decently on them. A couple things that were particularly satisfying was using my router table as a joiner for Purple Heart, and creating mitered splines with a jig. OK, on to the box.

My new sister in law was graduating high school and after all she has been through I wanted to make her something special. Instead of making a smaller jewelry box, I wanted to create something she could store special things from someone she recently lost.

This led me to design a much bigger box that I think of more as a small chest. The splines were created on my router table in a jig I copied off of here somewhere. I decided on a metal lift and handles since there was so much wood, I felt it needed to be broken up somewhat. The bottom piece is very proud from the sides giving it an illusion of floating somewhat. The finish consists of my down and dirty three; BLO, Shellac, and Wax.

I appreciate you viewing my work and even more appreciate all of the knowledge passed around on these forums and the inspiration of viewing everyone’s amazing pieces on here.

-- Joining two of my passions, beer and woodworking,

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 06-04-2013 07:34 PM

Beautiful combination of woods with a stunning result. I like the metal hardware you have used. What are the measurements?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 06-04-2013 09:59 PM

Very nice work. Your sister-in-law will love it for sure.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 06-04-2013 11:14 PM

I don’t have the exact measurements but this pic should give you an idea of it’s size. Actualy it did get slightly smaller after the first cut due to a miter saw not being an exact 45.

-- Joining two of my passions, beer and woodworking,

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#4 posted 06-05-2013 12:21 AM

Looks about 10” x 20” x 5” deep.

A very serene look to this box. A really nicely done labor of love. Well done.

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#5 posted 06-05-2013 02:14 AM

Very good combination of wood types. I really like the hardware selected. Where did you get the recessed handles?

Good work

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#6 posted 06-05-2013 04:04 AM

The handles are refered to as campaign chest handles. Not trying to be fancy, it’s just what I learned when looking for hardware. They were from Lee Valley, found here,41427,50473&p=50473 . Personaly if the chest was for me I would of found some that were less expensive. However they looked good and are very solid.

I appreciate comments and can’t wait to see what I end up doing next. That is after I figure out how to bring the temp down in my garage below 100.

-- Joining two of my passions, beer and woodworking,

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#7 posted 06-05-2013 08:05 AM

Great color and design, love the look… A+

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 06-06-2013 06:17 PM

Great looking box! Don’t worry about having to cut the box smaller due to the miters. I had to do that several times when I got started. With a little practice and a good sled you’ll be knocking out perfect miters in no time. Keep up the good work!

-- David

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