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Purple Heart & Bird's-Eye Maple Greeting Card Box

author-gravatar crazywoodlady Jun 10, 2019

My Mother-In-Law purchases greeting cards in advance to always have them on hand.  This Greeting Card Box seemed like the perfect Mother's Day gift.  Being so new to woodworking, I had to use Purple Heart.  The Bird's-Eye Maple lid complimented the Purple Heart Box nicely.  Rather than using hinges, I chose to line the box with hard maple creating a lip to hold the lid in place.  The small handle on top was also made with Bird's Eye Maple.  The greeting box has mitred corners with splines.

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The hard maple, bird's-eye maple and purple heart in the rough.

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Starting the milling process with the purple heart wood

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Bird's-Eye Maple being planed down to approximately 3/8" after it was jointed on 2 sides.

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I didn't know which to show being planed so I'm also including a pic of planing the Purple Heart.

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The Purple Heart and Bird's-Eye Maple getting glued together to create the greeting box.

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Preparing the Hard Maple for the box liner.

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All sides of the greeting box have been mitred and ready for glue up.

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The box and lid were glued together with Tite Bond III.  Once the glue dried the lid was routered with with the box.  A flush trim bit was used.

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Preparing the box on the table saw for the splines.

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Bird's-Eye Maple splines were inserted into the Purple Heart and vise a versa for the Bird's-Eye Maple.  I thought the contrast would give the box a decorative look.  Prior to adding the splines, all side of the lid were cut at a 45 degree angle.

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All ready for sanding.

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The lid was cut from the box at this point with the bandsaw.  Lots more sanding followed.

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I applied 5 coats of General's Arm & Seal Satin Finish to the box and box inserts.  I found it was easier to apply the finish to the inserts before gluing them in place.

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Two pens were turned with Purple Heart and Bird's-Eye Maple on the lathe.  I switched the wood around on both pens and decided which one I was giving as a gift to compliment the greeting box.

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Here's the pen ready for assembly.

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The finished pen turned out beautiful.  Honestly this picture doesn't do the pen justice.  It got 4 coats of Shellawax and buffed with Beeswax.

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Here's the finished Greeting Card box with the card organizer inserts and both pens.  I chose the pen on the right to include with the box.   My Mother-In-Law loved her Mother's Day Gift!

2 comments

Lovely box! I really enjoy the species you chose as they compliment each other very well.

Thanks Sean...My husband and I started woodworking last November.  From the moment that I saw purple heart on a youtube, I fell in love with it.  Love the Bird's Eye Maple as well even though I found it a bit hard to work with.

@Sean  said:

Lovely box! I really enjoy the species you chose as they compliment each other very well.

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