Engraved Hardwood Box with Double Rabbets

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Project by JohnMcClure posted 08-24-2016 08:32 PM 295 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first router table project. It is a keepsake box made from poplar.

After I cut out all the parts, I used a roundover bit to shape the lid, then finished with a Minwax stain and polyurethane, then engraved it on my CNC router.
Back at the router table, I cut rabbets into the ends of all four sides of the box, and a 1/4 dado about 1/2” up from the bottom. The dado snugly accepted a piece of 1/4 plywood for the bottom of the box, and the ends fit together quite nicely. I glued this up and finished it, then put the lid on with hinges.

I made this before I had a tablesaw. I might otherwise have done the rabbets and dado on the TS (maybe, maybe not).

If I were to do this again I would probably try something fancier, like a sliding lid, but I was in a time crunch for Mother’s day anyway. I did get good experience on the router table doing this project, and the MIL loves it!

If it’s not obvious from the pictures, dimensions are roughly 7×7x12”.

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 10:14 PM

Pretty cool looking! Glad to hear that she loved it!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 08-27-2016 01:54 AM

Nice job!

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