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Boise, Idaho, United States
Handcrafted woodwork designed for use in storage and display. Boxes, cabinets, display cases and shadowboxes to provide safe environments for collectibles and to help keep special items close at hand. Perfect for small places needing to combine style & storage. Everything listed on my site is completely handmade by me in my shop from scratch. I use mostly recycled & reclaimed wood for my creations and focus on domestic woods and avoid any endangered exotic woods. Please contact me via email (jmcraftworks@gmail.com) for a custom order and I’d be happy to help with an original design for a special one-of-a-kind handcrafted item, a custom ring box, coin display case & mount, or a keepsake box.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Keepsake Box

A small keepsake box of birds-eye maple and black walnut. The walnut is from a tree across the street in our neighborhood that died and was scheduled to be taken out by the city. I contacted the city forester about reclaiming some of the wood and he was gracious enough to allow me to cart off a good quantity as they were cutting it down. After letting it age for about a year or two, I started cutting open some of the smaller pieces and was very surprised how intricate and colorful the wood grain was. I sliced the wood into quarter-inch panels and after planing, assembled with alternating box joints. The lid is from a small piece of birds-eye maple left over from another project.

If you're interested in local eco-friendly sources for materials, this would be an approach to consider.

Altogether, this piece makes good use of materials that might otherwise have ended up in a scrap pile. The finish is a very eco-friendly water-based polyurethane.