Birthday box for my wife

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Project by loupitou06 posted 1908 days ago 1172 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

Here is the box I finished 2 hours before my wife birthday party. The body is pine (my first attempt of dovetails with the leigh 12” jig), the top is one piece of cherry, the foots are walnut with a strip of cherry.

I’ve inlayed a strip of cherry on the inside of the box and a purple heart in the front. The handle is hand shaped walnut strip on top of maple block.

In order to inlay the heart, I’ve routed the recess in the pine with a straight 1/4” bit. Then resaw with my Ryoba saw the purpleheart board and then cut outside the line and sand down little by little until the insert fits.

Finish is one coat of shellac (two for the lid) and one of lacquer (two for the lid).

Hope you like it, my wife did :)


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#1 posted 1908 days ago

Nice looking box. Great job and earned points with the wife.

On doing the heart inlay, Next time you might want to try making the heart first, then use it as a template to draw on the box. Cut just to the line and it should be a good tight fit.

That is how i had my “daughter do hers on her husbands “man box””: I helped her build.

Keep it up.


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#2 posted 1908 days ago

Very heartfelt gift. Your dovetails look right on!
Great work!!


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#3 posted 1908 days ago

Very nice. This should have earned you a few extra “atta-boy” points!! We husbands need all we can get.

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#4 posted 1907 days ago

Your wife’s birthday present is extremly nice and should have made her real happy.

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#5 posted 1907 days ago

It looks very nice, I’m sure she loved it.

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#6 posted 1907 days ago

Hey Pierre
Wonderful box with super dove tails and great inlay so well done,

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#7 posted 1907 days ago

Keeping the wife happy is important to our welfare. I’m sure she loved the box.

Another very affective way to make inlays like that is the a router and template guide. I first create the shape I want in a piece of 1/4” masonite (or similar material) then use an 1/8” straight router bit and the template guides made for the purpose to cut the recess and also cut out the inlay piece. The guide has a 1/8” sleeve that is removable so with the sleeve on the guide you place the template over the location for the inlay and route out the recess to the desired depth. Then remove the sleeve from the guide and use the template again to cut out just the perimeter of the inlay in the wood to be inlaid. Do that slightly deeper than the recess you routed. Then saw off the inlay piece and glue it place. You get a perfect fit every time (if your are careful) and can precisely duplicate it as many times as you need to.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 1907 days ago

Bet you made some points with that. Great looking box and nice job on the dovetails.

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