Keepsake Boxes

Heirloom Keepsake Boxes

These boxes are built to last. Their outside dimensions are approximately 8’’ long, x 4 ¼ ‘’ wide x 4-5” tall depending on the bases. The design in a simple, lift lid, held by gravity. These boxes are finished with a wiping varnish that brings out the beauty of this gorgeous wood.


They are all built with premium lumber, selected for individual character. Many of the wood comes from my “special stash” of wood that I’ve been saving for years for just the right moment. Many of the stock has natural voids, or empty spaces. These are caused by knots, bark enclosures, or the work of insects. I have chosen to highlight these “imperfections” by filling the voids with epoxy colored with metallic pigment.

The joinery used in this is rabbet joints pinned with dowels. The short side pieces fit into a groove at the end of the long piece. To add even more strength, in case of extreme falls, dowels are drilled and glued into the rabbet. The top and bottom panels fit into rabbets as well. The added surface area gives the box plenty of strength with glue alone. There are no metal fasteners used. Just wood, glue, and finish.


The sides are made using a cool process called re-sawing that involves cutting the board in half along its length creating two, equally thick matching boards. By carefully cutting the boards exactly how I want, I create seamless grain matching around all four corners of the box. This makes all corners wrap around seamlessly, something that shows intent and gives the box a sense of wonder.


Add ons:

Burned initials-$10

Music box mechanism–$30

songs:

  • Greensleeves

  • Blue Danube


What is a Keepsake Box?

A keepsake Box is a special box for safely storing things that are special to our heart’s. It’s contents may change over the years, but the integrity and class of the box will not. It will be there, safely holding guard upon our most precious items. These are one of a kind, and made from love.

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Number 201 SOLD

Sides: Rift-sawn hard maple

Lid: Raised-panel, Heavily-figured, walnut with bark enclosure filled with SeaFoam epoxy


$110

This part of the tree allowed bark to get enclosed within. It creates interesting figure and voids that I filled with epoxy containing purple, mettalic pigments.


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Number 202

Sides: Maple sides with curl

Lid: Raised-panel style purpleheart

$100

This lid is truly a gem, pun intended. That's how my wife Christina describes the shape and color of the lid and probably explains why it's her current favorite.

The purple the natural color of the wood. Only a clear varnish added for protection.

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Number 203


Sides: Quarter-sawn white oak


Lid: Curly Walnut with purple epoxy filling voids in knot

*matches box 204*




Bottom: Curly Walnut

$100




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Number 204 SOLD


Sides: Maple with seafoam-colored epoxy filling a bark enclosure


Lid: Curly Walnut with purple epoxy filling voids in knot

*matches box 203*



$110


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Number 205

Sides: Maple, with beetle hole filled with SeaFoam epoxy

Lid: raised-panel maple with large knot/void filled with SeaFoam epoxy


$110

This box shows the beauty of nature as highlighted with epoxy filling the beetle tunnels, and knot.


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Number 206 SOLD

SOLD

Maple sides

Lid: Maple with a blue “river” made with blue metallic pigment epoxy


$110


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Number 207

Sides: Alder with Beetle holes filled with various epoxy colors

Lid: Curly maple with knot/void filled with SeaFoam epoxy

Bottom: Purpleheart


$110

This box shows the beauty of nature as highlighted with epoxy filling the beetle tunnels, and knot.


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Number 208 SOLD

Sides: Pecky Alder with Beetle holes filled with purple and SeaFoam epoxy

Lid: Raised Panel Walnut with purple epoxy

Bottom: Alder



$110

This box shows the beauty of nature as highlighted with epoxy filling the beetle tunnels, and knot.



Number 09

Not for Sale-made by studenT

Number 210

Not for Sale-made by student

Number 211

Sides: Heavily Figured Walnut

Not finished yeT

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Number 212

Sides: Walnut with Knot/void filled with purple epoxy

Not finished yet




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Number 213


Sides: Alder

Lid: Live-edge Sycamore with a “river” made from metallic, seafoam-colored epoxy

Bottom: Cherry


$110



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Number 214


Sides: Alder with long, seafoam stripe

Lid:Alder cut with 30 degree chamfers with a pull made of pecky alder with various tunnels made by beetles filled in with pigmented epoxy.



$110



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Number 215


Sides:Quartersawn White Oak

Lid: Quartersawn White Oak




$100

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Number 216 SOLD


Sides:Quartersawn White Oak

Lid: Quartersawn White Oak




$100

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Number 218 SOLD

Sides: Curly White Oak

Lid: 30 degree raised-panel-style, Figured Walnut with big knot and bark enclosure filled with epoxy resin and purple metallic pigment

Thick, Walnut panel from same board and matching knot as lid.




$110

This knot and bark enclosure is so beautiful! I love the curl of the wide oak sides as well.



Number 219 NOT DONE YET

Sides: Curly White Oak

Lid: White Oak taken from red wine barrel





$110

This knot and bark enclosure is so beautiful! I love the curl of the wide oak sides as well.



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Number 222

Sides: walnut

Lid: Figured white oak cut with 30 degree bevels with a filled in knot with seafoam epoxy

Base: (less) Figured white oak from same board


$100

I love the lid on this! You can see the pore structure of the oak fibers. It looks rough, but it's smooth as glass, after lots of careful finishing.


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Number 223 SOLD

Sides: walnut

Lid: Aromatic Cedar with 15 degree chamfers

Base:Cherry

Finish: Danish Oil and Shellac

$110


The lid is made of aromatic cedar, which is actually just a juniper. It is the classic smell that deters moths. I really like this particular piece of walnut that the sides are made out of.


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Number 224 SOLD

Sides: walnut

Lid: Extremely curly maple with live edge

Base:baltic birch ply

$100


I love this lid!


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Number 225 SOLD

Sides: walnut with a little sapwood

Lid: live edge maple with extreme curl.


$150


This is my favorite!