79 – Pyramidal Keepsake Box Sai’s First Job

79 - Pyramidal Keepsake Box Sai's First Job
Pyramidal Keepsake Box

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Anyone who has watched our previous videos knows who Sai is. She is my youngest daughter and is now 14 years old. She has been working with me in the workshop since we first started making videos. In fact, she actually helped build the workshop, from digging and leveling the ground to putting shingles on the roof.

Recently one of our viewers, Joey, decided to hire her for a commissioned project. He said she could choose the project and type of wood, he just wanted to see her have the opportunity to get a job of her own.

Sai decided that she wanted to make a keepsake box, but something different from what we had built before. She chose to make a frustum shaped box. A frustum is a pyramid with the top cut off. She also wanted to use splines and give it a decorative handle.
Her wood choices were Bolivian Rosewood and Quilted Maple.

She did the design work completely on her own and she did the vast majority of the woodworking. She is a pretty skilled woodworker, especially at her age. She has been woodworking for several years, but still there are a few types of cuts that we don’t let her do yet. So for those we helped out.

So, here it is. Sai’s first commissioned project. A pyramidal keepsake box made with Bolivian Rosewood and Quilted Maple. And many thanks to out viewer Joey! Sai was so very happy!

Spline Miter Jig

Bolivian Rosewood Push Stick

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79 – Pyramidal Keepsake Box Sai’s First Job

19 replies on “79 – Pyramidal Keepsake Box Sai’s First Job”

  1. Nice work Sai you did an excellent job. Have you ever used a dye over figured maple instead of a stain..? If you try it use a good dye you mix with water. After it dries lightly sand with 320 – 400 just to remove the raised grain from the water. Then spray about 8-10 light coats of high gloss watco lacquer… The figure will look sick..!

  2. Very nice work and good to see her to work. Just the finger at the jointer, iii aaaiii to close to the blade, I was very scared.

  3. Very nice. She has an artistic mind. Great to see in young people. I work with folks that can’t open a door. And WOW! You have a push stick made of Bolivian rosewood. Dang I would love to make a jewelry box using Bolivian rosewood.

  4. I have a question. I don't know if you read these comments or not but I love your videos. On a few videos(the outfeed table w/casters, the rubio worktable) you mention a 1" pipe clamp… Ive only been able to find 3/4" clamps… can you provide a link

  5. I trust your judgement, but seeing your girls passing their bare hands over the jointer scares me a bit. I used to do this myself because the push blocks that came with my jointer sucked and would slip. I got an after market push block (bench dog) for about $10, it seems to be much better. Just something to think about.

  6. James, it has been a pleasure to watch Sai mature from "The Photo Bomber" into a full fledged woodworker. I will admit to being a little surprised to learn that she is the "Plans Queen" of the business but I definitely was not shocked. You are fortunate indeed to have such a talented family and I look forward to much more to come from the group. Thank you for the moments of enjoyment that you have given us.

  7. What percentage of the build did she do? Was it only the ripping, routing or mitresaw she didn't do? It's an interesting project. I'm glad she had the chance to design and build and complete the project.

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