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After many years away from wood working I got back into and finally made a box for my daughter. I make these boxes to store baby items (copy of birt certy, 1st rattle, birth stats sheets, things like that). Then give this box with all this stuff in to my daughter. That way they have all thier items we keep from birth and a box thier dad hand made for them.
This was made with maple and walnut. I really like the color difference of the 2 woods. The stain used is sedona red 222. I don't like the color it came out. It feels too red to me and darkens the maple to much, HOWEVER my customer, her sister and her mom love the color of it. The pictures of the lid show pre stain
This is my first attemept at box/ finger joint. I did this with my router and a jig. I learned A LOT about doing finger joints doing this. Although I had some times I wanted throw the wood at the wall I liked doing this and will do another finger joint box again. I wasn't sure what to do for the lid so I did a flat finger joint, then on the bottem side I did 1/4 design for a lip. Thought it would be fun and something not seen much, I was pleasently surprised how how this bottom side lip turned out. Fits so the lide won't slide. The "S" is burned in the bottom of the lid and the bottom of the box. This will now be my mark I do on the work I do when I can. It was fun to get back into wood working again. Plus I got a new table saw and that has made a huge impact on my work.

Thanks all for looking at this. Please feel free to commit. I always am grateful what people have to say.

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It is a fine box. I think I would have added a small lidded compartment for baby teeth, maybe. And I am sorry to say, but that maple top section was real sweet without the stain.
 

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And I am sorry to say, but that maple top section was real sweet without the stain.
I AGREE!! LOL
but thank you!
 

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I like it. I think of all the finger jointed boxes I have made, and never gave a thought to making a finger jointer panel. People worry about their glue ups coming apart, with all that glue surface, that lid ought to stay as one piece for as long as you want it to. Quite the box.

I agree with the coloration, but I lean toward natural anyhow. Doesn't matter what we think though if your Daughter liked it, or to be exact if her Sister, and your Wife liked it, customer is always right. Kind of an instant Family Heirloom piece here, I can see this being passed down some day. It has all of Moms stuff in it…..
 

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Very nice looking box, sure to be cherished into the future.

CtL
 

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Nice job and congratulations on your 'Daily Top 3' award.
 
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