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This was a gift for my daughter. It's about 4×6 inches. This was one of the most complicated boxes I have made so far, with a hinged lid and removable tray and dividers. The top and keys are peach, and the sides are from a purple smoke bush. Both came from trimmings from our backyard. The purple smoke was splintery, but otherwise OK. I filled a couple small checks with epoxy. The peach limbs were so small I had to edge-join three pieces to get a big-enough piece for the lid. The joinery was miter joints with saw-kerf keys, and the finish is Danish oil and paste wax.

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Very nice! I'm sure she'll love it.
 

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Roger, nice work here. I especially like the woods you chose. The finger lift is different. How was it made? I like the tray and the dividers in the bottom. Good design work. I would suggest you consider a full length piano hinge that you cut to length with a hack saw. Here is my take on the process. Keep boxing and keep posting.
 

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Tasteful little box. I like it.
Roger
 

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Beautiful box but regarding the hinge, at 4" x 6" I may have even used smaller hinges. The hinge isn't as important as the box itself and you did a great job on the whole project.
 

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That little box is a beauty. The woods are very nice.
And, I like the hinges!
 

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Wonderful box, love the keys and the interior tray and cubby's
 

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You could never tell this was Yard Trimmings. Looks great.
 

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Roger, nice work here. I especially like the woods you chose. The finger lift is different. How was it made? I like the tray and the dividers in the bottom. Good design work. I would suggest you consider a full length piano hinge that you cut to length with a hack saw. Here is my take on the process. Keep boxing and keep posting.

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Thanks for the kind comments everyone. Mortising the hinges was a major pain. I drilled and filled screwholes several times, and even then the lids never quite line up perfectly. The next time I do this, I'll try lids with overhangs that don't need to be aligned so closely. The lift was milled with a router using a chamfer bit. The method and overall design of the box is taken from Box Making Basics by David Freedman.
 

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Beautiful box but regarding the hinge, at 4" x 6" I may have even used smaller hinges. The hinge isn t as important as the box itself and you did a great job on the whole project.

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Thanks. These are about the smallest plated hinges I could find at Rockler. If I wanted to splurge, I'd use some precision hinges. If anyone has any sources cheaper than Brusso, please let me know!
 

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nice work, I have been using damaged limbs from apple trees from the storm we had in 2011
 
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