Birdseye Maple and Walnut wedding photo box

This box was made as a wedding gift for my niece and her husband. The box is approximately 8” high by 13½” deep by 12¼” wide. The main body is made from birdseye maple. The bass top is wood-burned and colored with pencils, then bordered with walnut. The miter keys and dust lip are walnut. The interior dividers are bass and walnut.

The picture frame inside is glued up from poplar and walnut according to the pattern of the router bit. I used rare earth magnets to attach the frame inside the box so the couple can remove the frame and change the photo.

The hinge is made using Shipwright’s method.

Thanks for taking a look!


Woods: birdseye maple walnut bass poplar

Tools: tablesaw router sander

Tags: box photo box wedding gift


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lanwater ...

Beautiful box!
The burning on the top is a nice touch.
You nail the hinges.
Very Well done.

Thorreain ...

Very beautiful. They must love the box for doth design and a great mix of woods & colour. Well done, excellent craftsmanship.

lightweightladylefty ...

Thanks for the encouraging words!


Mike40 ...

A real beauty L/W with lots of interesting and well crafted details. I like that it opens on the short end too.

Shin ...

Beautiful! I’m going to do a couple of keep sake boxes and yours gives me an idea for hinges, for at least one.

Thanks for sharing!!!

lightweightladylefty ...

Thanks, guys, for the kind words. I think my next project has to be another of those practical ones! I’m too slow with boxes.


a1jim ...

Wow this is great.

lightweightladylefty ...

Thanks, Jim. It means a lot coming from a pro like you.


Grimes Turns ...

Good work. Your craftsmanship shows.

MsDebbieP ...

Congratulations on our Winter Awards!!! (3rd Place)

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