Pam's Keepsake Box


Claro Walnut and Curly Maple


This is one of my first ventures into the "artistic" side of woodworking.  It is a keepsake box that measures just over 8" Wide X 10" Long X 6" tall.  I made this for a lovely lady who's been an angel to me at a time when I desperately needed an angel! 

Pam, I hope you enjoy owning this as much as I enjoyed building it. 


Just an outside view of the box and that sweet claro walnut grain...

The box opened to reveal the curly maple top tray....

The interior.  Red velvet with batting on the bottom. Don't run your hands over it, Pam. just look at it.  I'm a beginner, remember?...

The lid.  This was made with a downloaded MS Word Stationary loaded in Photoshop 6 where text was added.  The digital file was then uploaded to snapfish.com where it was then shot to my friendly local Walgreens for printing.  Isn't the digital age cool?  Envirotex Lite resin was then poured over it after a skim coat of good old Elmer's Glue-All as a seal coat....

The digital file for the lid (original file much higher quality but would take forever to download on a page.  Hopefully you can read it.)  I wish I could say the words were all mine but I don't write with much eloquence....

Just a side view with the box open...

Genuine gold plated "jewelers quality" quandrant  hinges.  Nothing but the best for a friend of mine!  (ok, and they were on sale!)...

 


Overall, I'm not embarassed to give this project as a gift (there's a little known law called the Friend Mandate that says she has to like it!).  However, some day I'd like to sell stuff like this on eBay, craft fairs, etc to suppliment the hobby.  Much skill honing will be required before I get to that point.  

The things I'm happy with about this box:

Some things that I need to improve/ change:

All in all, I can think of much worse things to do on a dreary weekend!


(Random Woodgrain on the background of this page: Madrone Burl)

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