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Cary Swoveland
04-19-2008, 11:01 PM
I recently made this keepsake box for a neighbor's daughter (Chaya), for her 8th birthday. It's about 11.5" x 7.5" x 4.75". I used purpleheart, canarywood, redheart and ebony. The finish is wax over blonde shellac. I usually apply boiled linseed oil before the shellac, to enhance the grain, but in this case I was more concerned about keeping the colors natural.



Dick Bringhurst
04-19-2008, 11:26 PM
Cary, that is a very nice piece of work. I'm sure she'll be happy. Dick B.

J. Z. Guest
04-20-2008, 12:24 AM
Very nice Cary! It is a lot of work for a neighbor's daughter!

Jim Becker
04-20-2008, 9:22 AM
Beautiful work, Cary!

John Keeton
04-20-2008, 9:36 AM
Very nice blend of woods. How did you secure your mitered corners. Didn't see a spline.

Mark Valsi
04-20-2008, 12:48 PM
simple and elegan !

nice work

Cary Swoveland
04-20-2008, 12:55 PM
Very nice blend of woods. How did you secure your mitered corners. Didn't see a spline.
There are three 1/4" dowels in each corner, one in the lid, two in the base. I drilled the holes with my Dowelmax. The lid and bottom are floating, the top held centered with a dab of glue at the center of each end.


Lori Kleinberg
04-20-2008, 3:36 PM
That is a very nice looking box.

Mark Valsi
05-31-2008, 11:05 AM
Very nice.

The simplicity is exquisite !!!

Terry Beadle
05-31-2008, 11:36 AM
I really like the way the grain wraps at the cornors. Good design. Has a understated elegance, yet the purple heart says Zoowie! Yep. Now that's a box.

Clara Koss
05-31-2008, 12:33 PM
little girls love boxes to keep their treasures in... this box will be with her forever i am sure and her kids will love to peek inside as well!!!! lovely of you to do that for chaya ( my name in hebrew as well)...:p

John Thompson
05-31-2008, 6:38 PM
Very clean lines which leads to extremely nice. I'm sure she will like it now.. but have a feeling she will like it even more as she gets older. The box is a keeper.

Well done...