A large keepsake box made from domestic Black Cherry (box sides) and Walnut (box top). The top has inlaid brass and mother-of-pearl in a starfield/night sky effect - inlaid by hand.
I build the walls to a thickness of just over 1/4" to keep the box lightweight, and use a 3/4" block of Cherry hardwood for the top - leaving the mass intact to provide a suitable weight for the box. Refined construction techniques are used, such as the Bloowood miter keys to provide durability to the box; this heirloom will last generations. Last, the interior bottom is a prized birds-eye maple.
The box is finished with hand-rubbed shellac, a non-toxic technique that has been used in fine furniture construction for hundreds of years. Once hardened, the shellac is buffed to a gloss - the photos show this clearly.
This will be a treasured gift for some fortunate person and is perfect for house-warmings, birthdays, holidays, or just to surprise and show appreciation for dear friends.
Large Cherry Keepsake Box - "Starfield"
10" (l) x 6-3/4" (w) x 4-3/4" (h)
Wall Thickness: 5/16"
- Black Cherry sides and top
- Mother of Pearl and Brass Inlay
- Bloodwood Miter Keys
-Birds-eye Maple bottom