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5 boxes for the girls Christmas. Wife, Daughter, DIL, Granddaughter, Grandson's girl friend.

3 are Walnut, one is Mahogany and one Purpleheart. The drawers have 3 layers of steam bent cherry for the backs and a poplar front. Cork lining. Drawers are painted with 2 coats of yellow milk paint, then 2 coats of green. Sanded and burnished to give the used and abused look. 3 Coats of Osmo poly-x oil on top of all that to seal the milk paint. Osmo on the 18 staves and 3 support columns, top and bottom. Splines are dyed basswood.

Plans were from the Woodcraft Magazine article. Some changes in the drawer construction and splines.

Top ornament was turned on my lathe. Poplar.

Used a mini table saw for a lot of the small pieces, really worked great.

Time consuming. Next year the girls get a simpler box. Much simpler. These have 90 pieces.

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Nice work Ron. This is where the milk paint was used?
 

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My first use of Milk Paint. Yes this is where it was used. Interesting stuff. burnished with 0000 steel wool it is very smooth. Will water spot and absorb other things, so sealing it is necessary.
Thanks for the comment.
 

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Wow - great looking gifts. You are way ahead of schedule!!
 

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Beautiful!
They are going to love them.
 

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well i got the preview of this incredible project and i gotta just say…...WOW RON!!!! enough said !
 

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Wonderful craftsmanship on these boxes Ron. They are beautiful and the milk paint is making them look antiquish. From a comment above, you are way ahead of schedule, and they will make some wonderful gifts. Well done.
 

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Ron,

Really excellent work!

Thanks for the push about thinking ahead to Christmas.
 

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Thanks all for the comments. Much appreciated.
 

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I saw that in the magazine. You did an amazing job. Good work!
 

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Nice work, betting they will be big hits Christmas morning.
 

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Impressive!!! Really likin that design; and can appreciate all the work that went into these. Bravisimo.
 

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Great boxes Ron. A lot of fine craftsmanship went into them.

The aged effect came out great. I love the look.
The top ornment fits so well with the over all style.
 

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Unique design & excellent builds!
 

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Thanks for the comments. Helps one continue on to the next project, whatever it may be.
 

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Nicely done Ron…those are "legacy" pieces. Those are some lucky women. Nicely done….Congrats.
 
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