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    A few keepsake boxes

    A couple of years ago I was inspired to make a few keepsake boxes as Christmas gifts. I made all of the boxes at the same time and didn't draw plans for any of them. I had so much fun creating these boxes, I recommend making your own as woodworking therapy when needed. If you have not made small boxes before and need some guidance I recommend Doug stowe's book "Box making".



    Brazilian cherry & bloodwood



    Cherry and bloodwood



    Purpleheart & cherry



    Maple & purpleheart



    Purpleheart & maple



    Walnut & maple

    Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed as much as I did making them.
    Last edited by Dewayne Baker; 01-20-2008 at 07:11 AM.

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    Nice looking bunch of boxes Dewayne. Currently I am making a box too.

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    Nice boxes Dewayne. Boxes are a lot of fun (and surprisingly challenging) to make. The first one you showed is reminiscent of some cutting boards I've made:

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    Does the purple heart bleed through to the lighter color woods though?

    The boxes look beautiful (as does the cutting board) but I am curious as to if the food and water make the purple heart bleed. I had some issues with that on some of my wooden models.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Travis, I've used a lot of purpleheart for accents on cutting boards, often adjacent to maple or yellowheart, and never had any bleeding problems. (Soaked in mineral oil for a couple of days, then wiped "dry" with paper towels.) Maybe it's the solvents in the finish you're using?
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    Those look super Dewayne!
    Just line them with Spanish Cedar and fill them with cigars!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Travis, I've used a lot of purpleheart for accents on cutting boards, often adjacent to maple or yellowheart, and never had any bleeding problems. (Soaked in mineral oil for a couple of days, then wiped "dry" with paper towels.) Maybe it's the solvents in the finish you're using?
    Probably, I use a spray can of crystal clear acrylic. It was probably the propellant in the spray can that did me in.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    I have never had a problem with purpleheart bleeding. I have had problems with bloodwood and paduak. I use oil and varnish finishes on my boxes.

    Vaughn, I realy like that board. I wanted to do something like that with end grain boards but found it impossible.

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    Another Beautiful offering Dwayne.

    Keep um commin'

    Bruce

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    Dang Dewayne, you are really starting to make me feel inadequate.
    Beautiful work once again.
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    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    one."
    --Winston Churchill, in response




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