Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Memorial Keepsake Box

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This is a custom memorial keepsake box, made entirely from Purpleheart.


Overall exterior dimensions are about 11.8" x 8.8" x 5.1" (29.9 x 22.2 x 13.0 cm)


Interior and exterior are finished with Danish Oil, a penetrating resin. Exterior is further finished with a three-stage wax process, the final stage being carnauba.  The resultant finish is smooth, durable, and appealing.

Woods Used:



Mitred corners reinforced with Purpleheart keys.

Sides are solid 1/2" (13mm) thick Purpleheart

Top is made from solid woods into an assembly about 1/2" (13 mm) thick. It is then re-sawn into two pieces about 1/8" (3mm) thick which are laminated to both sides of 1/4" (6 mm) plywood. This construction not only makes the interior of the top as attractive as the exterior, but also prevents warping of the top.



Solid brass quadrant hinges.

Interior is  lined with a luxurious faux suede.