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This box features a body of Oregon Black Walnut, lined with a nice green faux suede. The lid is what really steals the show. The center panel features a hand-cut, hand-sanded fretwork overlay layer in Oregon Black Walnut that is backed by a layer of figured Anigre veneer for contrast. The other side of the panel was also veneered with walnut, and once trimmed exactly to size, wrapped with mitered Cherry trim for a warm contrast. There were something like 20 steps just in making the lids, not including finishing!

The finish on the body of the box is a wiping varnish, sanded through "0000" steel wool, and finally treated to a light coat of an oil/wax blend for depth of color and a satiny smooth feel. The lid was finished with two light coats of traditional shellac, again sanded through "0000" steel wool and given the same oil/wax treatment. I carefully kept the final oil/wax step out of the recessed areas of the lid to avoid their becoming dust magnets -- the oil/wax finish is normally buffed completely dry, but I didn't see how I could do that to so many tiny areas!

The box measures 6-7/8" by 8-7/8" by 3" tall; the lid is 7-1/2" by 9-1/2" by approximately 11/16" thick.

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Keepsake Box in Walnut and Cherry with Decorative Fretwork Lid


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: walnut, cherry, Oregon Black Walnut, Anigre, veneer
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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