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My wife's brother and his wife had their first child and my wife is the baby's godmother. Completed this Spalted maple keepsake box as a gift for her parents to store this newest addition of the family's mementos.

The maple is some I milled from a tree we took down that was interfering with our waterline.


Walnut hinge and lid accent. Oak tray and document keeper on the inside.
Swing arm latches from Amazon.

Pyrography for the monogram and birth date.

After testing varnish and not caring for how it changed the color, end up using spray can lacquer based on advice from other LJs and couldn't be more pleased with the clarity and how well the spalt shows.
The soft maple was a bit challenging to work with, but pleased with the outcome. Dimensions- 6" x 10" x 5-3/4"

Thanks for looking.

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Wow - that is some amazing spalted maple. So many interesting details too. I think the hinge is what intrigues me the most. The latches are pretty interesting too. Nice work.
 

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Beautiful spalted wood and the minimal (not simple) design really showcases the beautiful wood. Plenty of great features that are understated but strong design elements
Cool!
 

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All said by the above. Great build. Love it. Would be nice to know more about the hinge. Interesting.
 

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Thanks EarlS. It seems that I chose the right time to mill those maple logs. Heavily Spalted throughout but very little "spongy" …better to be lucky than good.

MrWolfe, admittedly I had originally drawn it up with a scalloped base and top trim. It occurred to me they would detract from the spalt, hence the simplicity. I hoped just the two walnut components add just enough contrast to the spalt.

Thanks Ron.

All, Regarding the hinge I saw the idea on a YouTube video.
Rob Cosman wood hinge. He sells a jig for drilling the dowels , but i made my own out of wood. I went with this type of hinge because I was concerned about small hinge screws pulling out of the soft maple.
 

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very nice work thats some of best spalted maple ive see and you did justice with it.great job man.
 

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Great job, that shall be cherished for years, very nice though for the keepsakes. The grains stand out and the trim pieces make it pop. Great with the hinge, I will have to keep that in mind.
 

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Thanks Eric. I'm pleased with the way the maple and walnut work together.
As far as the hinge, next time I'll design with a provision for the ends of the hinge to be covered to avoid seeing the gap when it's open.
 

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beautiful box and love the hinge. I bought Robs fixture kit and use the heck out of it. There's a LOT of variations available to an imagination
 

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Dick, thanks for the kudos on the box. Rob has a number of tools that I'd love to have, and probably would save time with. Seems I always think about them at the time I need it, so I end up finding a way to use his idea to create what I need rather than wait . He's got a very logical approach to tasks , that I find helpful.
 

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I feel the same way as everyone else, you did a wonderful job on what will surely be an heirloom. Congrats on your DT3
 

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Beautiful box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love that wood.

Jim
 

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With the design on the hinge, it appears that it would also create a stop for the lid so it doesn't flip all the way back.
 

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John, Pete and Jim, thanks for the kind words. Actually didn't know what DT3 was, but figured it out.
I received a lot off good advice from other LJ , starting with milling the logs and drying the wood to choosing the finish all of which I'm much appreciative of.
And Jim, I hated losing a tree but I'm thrilled with the wood.
 

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Eric, the hinge does create a stop and playing with the location of the centerline of the radius affects the lid travel. Being old school - pencil and paper, it was trial and error but I bet someone with cad software could optimize the open position.
 

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Dan,

You really did that beautiful spalted maple justice!

L/W
 

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Thanks l/w. And thanks for your ideas/advice along the way.
 

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Beautiful spalted Maple the hinge is super you did a great job.
 

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Thanks oldrivers. Appreciate you commenting.
 
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