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Keepsake Box

author-gravatar Charley Aug 31, 2019

I've been lurking for a while now and I'm still really new to woodworking, but I make up for it by the amount of scrap and sawdust I create.  I wanted to make a box of a higher quality than those I've made in the past as a gift for my wife.  I was taken by the look of ash in a small project I saw so I wanted to give that a try. I thought wenge would be a great contrast.   My original design was to have legs and a larger top that involved tapered edges like a raised panel, but like many of my projects, the end result is the product of a series of small mistakes and corrections.  By the time I finished, the legs were ugly and the tapered top was sort of asymmetrical (I've included a photo of that as well).  In the end, I opted for a more traditional (for me anyway) footless box.  With each small  error, I made a small design change and ended up with a gift that continues to show some growth that I can be proud of. 

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Photo of Keepsake Box

I wanted to incorporate the wenge through the top to tie in with however I was going to do the handle, but I hadn't figured it out at this point. 

Photo of Keepsake Box

I was pretty buzzed over how the pieces came together. I'd never worked with wenge before.

Photo of Keepsake Box

This was kind of what was in my head, but once I mocked up the pieces, it looked much differently than I anticipated. I bailed on the lid because I couldn't get the tapers to match. The legs looked too spindly so I tried some shorter ones and they looked too fat.  I abandoned that design in favor of  something closer to my comfort zone.

Photo of Keepsake Box

With this project, I concluded I need a greater variety of clamps as I came up a little short.

Photo of Keepsake Box

Glued up well and settled on this simple design for the handle.

Photo of Keepsake Box

I think I could have done just about any finish since the ash and wenge look pretty good together. The corners came out nice and tight.

Photo of Keepsake Box

I ended up with a Watco Natural Danish Oil followed up with a coat of Renaissance Wax.

Photo of Keepsake Box

I used a single bamboo skewer as a dowel to affix the handle to the lid with glue.  

Photo of Keepsake Box

I've always worked in the 1/4 to 3/8 range and this was actually my first run at 1/2 inch stock.  Quite a bit heavier than I'm used to and I really like it.

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