|Project by Lenny||posted 11-20-2016 02:25 PM||1117 views||11 times favorited||16 comments|
This is a keepsake box made from plans put out by the Woodsmith Shop. They recently built the box over several episodes of the show. After seeing it completed, I had to give it a try. While I stuck with the plans for the most part, I did opt to make 1/4 inch box joints versus the 1/8 inch they did on the show. My primary reason was that while they used an 1/8 inch blade at the table saw to cut the slots, I wanted to use my Incra LS Positioner and I do not own an 1/8 inch router bit tall enough for the task. My thinking was that the Incra tool has built in accuracy that would assure perfect fitting finger joints.
The box starts out at 8 inches long, 5 inches wide and the sides are 2-1/8 inches tall. The box bottom is 3/8 inch thick and after a 1/8 inch groove is cut into the four sides, and a rabbet is cut into the bottom, leaving 1/8 inch, the box sides appear to float. The lid is also 3/8 inch thick with a 3/16 inch rabbet cut for a snug fit. With the lid and lid cap in place, at the band saw, you make concave cuts along the length of the box and convex cuts along its width. The lid cap is recut, a half inch smaller than the lid all the way around. The handle is doweled into both the lid cap and lid.
I chose bubinga for this box and it was my first use of this wood species. It is gorgeous stuff with a natural finish applied. I chose bird’s eye maple for the lid cap. The finish is two coats of Minwax Antique Oil, applied to the outside surfaces only. The inside has a simple application of paste wax. I planned to add wax to the exterior but the finish feels so lustrous, I did not do so. I showed the box to a woodworking buddy. That night he sent a text to me saying he could still feel the box in his hands! This was a nice little project. I have two more, in differing species, close to finished.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI