I made this keepsake box for my wife for Christmas. I got the inspiration from a YouTube maker channel called Newton Makes. It’s made from wenge and curly maple. I planed the wood thickness down to about 7/16 inch and the shelves to about 1/4 inch.
This is the first time I’ve used wenge and it is the most splintery wood I have ever worked with. Three times I left the shop with splinters in my bleeding hand, especially under the fingernails.
Newton’s box didn’t have the shelves but I added those after the wife wanted a little more versatility to store various sizes of jewelry and what not. At some point I will be adding red felt to the shelves and to the very inside bottom of the box. I tried adding the fancy shaped legs that Newton made but I couldn’t get the twice sawn bandsaw shape to come out as intended. Wound up just cutting an “L” shape bracket leg and adding a small taper towards the bottom.
I used Minwax Clear Semi-Gloss as a finish and applied about 4 coats in total. Fun project!