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Hi everyone,

I finally finished my girlfriend's Hope Chest that I have been working on for the last several weeks. I knew I wanted to make a keepsake box for her for her birthday, so while I was in 'woodworking mode' I decided to go ahead and make a keepsake box for her.

I used the leftover walnut from the Hope Chest as well as the leftover cedar from the chest's lining. (I'll post pics of the chest soon.) For this keepsake box, you can see the different pieces of walnut that were actually glued up to be one of the raised panels of the chest. That panel didn't turn out like I wanted. Actually I think I goofed up on the measurement and made it too small. However, I didn't want to toss the panel in case I needed it for something later on. Good thing I kept it.

For the lid, I used the same rail and stile bits as well as the same panel cutter. Instead of a solid wood panel, I thought a piece of textured glass would look good. I went to a local glass company (Kirkwood Glass if anyone is in St. Louis, MO) and had a piece cut.

I put it all together with tongue and groove corner joints. The finish is Minwax Wipe On Poly, glossy finish. I deliberately left the inside of the box unfinished, just like the Hope Chest, so the aroma of the cedar wasn't spoiled.

So, now the big question….what do you think? Be kind with your comments, please. Keep in mind that I'm just getting into the world of woodworking. I'm an engineer by degree, and tend to be pretty particular (my girlfriend says I'm too anal about stuff like this), and I carried that same level of particular-ness into my woodworking.

Thanks for your feedback.

Cheers,
Scott

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Nice work Scott
 

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Beautiful job
 

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Very good work, I like the finish you have on it. You handled the endgrains well.
 

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Very good work brother. I too am an engineer by trade … wait till you get the "jig bug" as an engineer. :)
 

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Beautiful box. If she decideds she doesnt like the little box, send it to me. My wife WOULD LOVE IT!
 
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