A Keepsake Box for Izzy from reclaimed wood.

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Blog series by paratrooper34 updated 12-02-2012 07:48 PM 5 parts 12371 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: The Beginning

11-18-2012 10:14 PM by paratrooper34 | 1 comment »

So I have a granddaughter who will be experiencing her first Christmas this year. She will be just over six months old on Christmas day. I decided I would like to make a tradition with her that I will give a Christmas present every year that is something I make for her. For her first Christmas, I am going to make her a keepsake box. Obviously she is too young to enjoy this for now, but it will give her parents something to keep little items in until she starts to accumulate items of her o...

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Part 2: Making nice wood from "garbage".

11-24-2012 01:16 AM by paratrooper34 | 4 comments »

I spent the day making final preparations to the boards to begin making the box. I did final cleaning up, jointing, face planing, and cutting rabbets. I decided to use Roy Underhill’s 11 groove box that I saw him do on one of his latest shows for how I would construct this box. I originally wanted to do a dovetailed box, however, I like the grain of this wood and I don’t want the joinery to be the “story” of the box. So with mitered and splined corners, the wood gr...

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Part 3: Long and productive day!!!

11-24-2012 11:33 PM by paratrooper34 | 0 comments »

Ok, so next day, and another one closer to completion. I got a lot done today. I put the edge treatment on what will be the top edge of the box, cut the sides to length, cut the top and bottom pieces, and made corner blocks that I will use when I glue up the box. Here are pics. The first thing I did for the edge treatment (which is essentially a molding profile) was lay out how I wanted it to look. Once I did that, I used some hollows and rounds to make the profile. To be honest, I am...

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Part 4: Grooves and Splines!

11-25-2012 11:34 PM by paratrooper34 | 1 comment »

Another productive day. I got the top and bottom finished up, cut the remaining eight grooves (a total of 11 in the whole box), and made the splines for the mitered corners. First up, top and bottom. I made the bottom piece by edge gluing two scrap pieces from the two boards I started with. Since it is a bottom piece, I didn’t care about grain pattern or whatever. Just had two pieces that would fit the requirement and went with them. But with the two glued together, this piece w...

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Part 5: One journey comes to an end, another one begins.

12-02-2012 07:48 PM by paratrooper34 | 9 comments »

Well, the box is finished. It was a long road for a small box, 25cm x 20cm. Yet I am proud to say that I never used any power tools on this box; nothing but hand tools. I guess this wood saw some type of power back when it was milled in the mid 1800s as there were tooling marks on the board that looked like a big old saw blade from a mill. But no power in my shop to transform that reclaimed chestnut board into a box for my granddaughter. Here is how it was finished up. The first ste...

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