|Project by Chris Hamilton||posted 06-18-2014 01:58 PM||1745 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
I made this little keepsake box for my 4 year old daughter. She was feeling left out because my older daughter has a few projects from the shop in her room. She loves the lock and key and always finds something new to hide inside it.
The box is made from walnut with maple spline joints and I used boiled linseed oil and wipe-on poly for the finish. I am quite happy with it for a quick project and my daughter loves it!
This was my first project using the Incra Ibox, box joint jig. I highly recommend this jig for fast, accurate and very easy box joints. This box was cut and assembled for gluing in the same day that I purchased the Incra jig. After setting up the jig and making a few test cuts to dial it in, I was ready to go. As you can see in the last two pictures, I first made the box as one complete sealed box and then cut the top off at my table saw. This was also the first time I had used a cigar box style lock. They are quite easy to do as long as you are careful and take your time with the router. It would be easy to ruin the whole project with one slip of a router bit. Luckily it went well for me and it was very satisfying to see the lock work properly on the first try.