Keepsake Boxes

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Project by edwood1975 posted 09-28-2015 09:53 PM 920 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have meaning to make both sons some keepsake boxes and I was a little tired from doing big projects I thought it would be a nice and small project to do.

Shopping List:
Qty. Description.
1. 1×6 pine board 6’
1. 1×10 pine board 6’
1. 3/4” x 3/4” oak square dowel 4’
4. 90° Stop Hinges
2. Hasp

Step 1.

I cut the sides to my dimensions ( 1×6x6) and cut 2 pieces of oak dowel, place 2 holes on each face to was going to be abutted to another piece ( be carful so as to space the holes so they don’t bump into each other on each face) and screw them to the front and back of the sides. ( Repeat this step again for the right side)


A fix the front and back pieces ( 1×6x8”) to the sides creating a frame. I placed hole plugs to each hole there was a hole at.

Step 3.

Creat the base (1×10x 12”) router the base on each side accept the back with a round over bit.

Step 4.

Place the box assembly onto the base leaving a 1/2” space around the box and edges of the base, I traced a line around the outside and inside perimeters of the box so as that I knew where drill by holes to secure the box to the vase, I countersunked the holes and after placing the screws I placed more hole plugs with glue and sanded flush.

Step 5.

Create the lid making all sides flush with the box and again I routered all edges accept the back with my round over bit I drilled pilot holes for the hasp and hinges ( these hinges are great they stop the lid from folding all the back, I like the bright brass finish off them.

Step 6.

Finishing I used 2 different finishes polyurethane on one box and beeswax on the other ..

That’s it

Hope you like

-- Ed

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-28-2015 11:51 PM

Very nice. I made my Sons each one years ago. They called them special boxes. To keep special stuff in. They both still have them all these years later as I am sure your Sons will also. Great job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Tony Slattery

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#2 posted 09-29-2015 05:45 AM

Superlative – something your sons will treasure. I still have a metalworking vice my grandfather made for me. Very heavy, very solid. He was an engineer and a woodworker.

-- Tony, Australia,

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#3 posted 09-29-2015 12:14 PM

Superlative – something your sons will treasure. I still have a metalworking vice my grandfather made for me. Very heavy, very solid. He was an engineer and a woodworker.

- MagicSawDust

Thank You…. That’s cool about what your grandad gave you

-- Ed

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#4 posted 09-29-2015 04:02 PM

Nice boxes Ed, though you might have added holes in the tops for the occasional frog, snake, and insects that might happen along. Perhaps a screen lidded box is next on the to-do list.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#5 posted 09-29-2015 04:04 PM

These are nice practical boxes with lots of uses.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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