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A few months back I ran across an article that featured the plans for a small keepsake box. I thought the box was rather nice and certainly would make a welcome gift. So I decided to take those plans and with a few twists here and there, These are what I ended up with...All three boxes are essentially the same. Or I should say started out the same (dimension wise). I had a heck of a time getting satisfactory miters for the lid. The cherry kept wanting to splinter while on the shooting board, no matter what I did... so it is about an inch smaller all around than the other two. Here is a brief description of each box...

#1: Hard maple (originally destined to be a MLB baseball bat...) with "Ribbon Sapele" veneer center panel. The edge banding on all three boxes is either from Rockler or off of Ebay. The felt liners for all three were from Eagle America...With the exception of the Red, which came from Michaels craft stores...The chains and hinges are from Lee Valley.

#2: Mahogany with Quilted Maple veneer center panel...

#3: Cherry with Birdseye Maple veneer center panel. ..
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Those are super nice,Bill! That's a great job, I would love to do something that nice! Love It.

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Thank you for the kind words Howard *S*...They did turn out nicely, but I do have to admit that each one has its own little flaws here and there..The level of difficulty would be what I might call moderate with getting the mitre's correct being the most difficult part..... basically a straight forward kind of construction. the real seller for em is the finish I think...The finish schedule for each is/was a bit different due to the type of wood and open pours. Essentially shellac base followed by Lacquer (wet sanded between coats) and then a good polish...

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The real beauty of this kind of box is that they can be turned into just about anything, from a keepsake box to jewerly box, ring box, music box etc... with an unlimited number of combinations of wood. Number of splines, type of spline etc...

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Spectacular Bill! Love the inlays!

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Hi Bill

Very Nice job on the boxes, I looked for errors and I only see one or two all in all great job

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A few months back I ran across an article that featured the plans for a small keepsake box. I thought the box was rather nice and certainly would make a welcome gift. So I decided to take those plans and with a few twists here and there, These are what I ended up with...All three boxes are essentially the same. Or I should say started out the same (dimension wise). I had a heck of a time getting satisfactory miters for the lid. The cherry kept wanting to splinter while on the shooting board, no matter what I did... so it is about an inch smaller all around than the other two. Here is a brief description of each box...

#1: Hard maple (originally destined to be a MLB baseball bat...) with "Ribbon Sapele" veneer center panel. The edge banding on all three boxes is either from Rockler or off of Ebay. The felt liners for all three were from Eagle America...With the exception of the Red, which came from Michaels craft stores...The chains and hinges are from Lee Valley.

#2: Mahogany with Quilted Maple veneer center panel...

#3: Cherry with Birdseye Maple veneer center panel. ..



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Thanks Deb..
the inlay does 'add' to the boxes doesn't it.The inlay on the mahogany box is from Rocklers and I was quite please with the quality.

..I picked up the new dewalt 611pk for just that purpose. Now its just practice, practice, practice...


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Thank you Bob, appreciate that!

Yeah, the errors are all minor in nature and most are the kinda thing that only someone looking for em would find, This was my first attempt at shellac/lacquer finish and learned that patience is without a doubt demanded.

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Very Nice job on the boxes, I looked for errors and I only see one or two all in all great job

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Howard,

ain't that the truth!! I'm very hard on my work, but I guess the good thing is that the more I do, the things that might have been a problem on a previous project are ok and its something new to work at improving...

thanks again for the kind words

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