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Woodsmith Shop Keepsake Box #1

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Project by Lenny posted 11-20-2016 02:25 PM 789 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Woodenwizard

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#1 posted 11-20-2016 03:33 PM

Nicely done. You have once again shown your craftsmanship.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 11-20-2016 03:33 PM

A beautiful box it is. I love the look of this box, with its curved end and side profile, and the colors really complement each other. I’ve added this one to my favorites. Thanks for posting such a nice looking box and for the detailed description.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#3 posted 11-20-2016 03:52 PM

very nice

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#4 posted 11-20-2016 04:15 PM

Very nice elements – finger joints, curved side and beautiful handle – proven Daily top 3.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-20-2016 04:42 PM

beautiful box

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 11-20-2016 05:59 PM

Hello A very fantastic box
The curves are beautiful

All is in the details

I love it

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#7 posted 11-20-2016 06:36 PM

Lenny, this box is so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#8 posted 11-20-2016 06:41 PM

Nicely Done Len!
Bubinga is some nice Wood, isn’t it?!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Lenny

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#9 posted 11-20-2016 06:45 PM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the comments. The Woodsmith Shop did a nice job designing this box. It truly is beautiful wood Mike. It’s gorgeous on its own but when you apply a finish it really comes to life.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 11-20-2016 07:06 PM

I watched those episodes, and enjoyed seeing it built. Nice to see one of them in the wild! Great choice of the bubinga, and I like the larger finger joints!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 11-20-2016 09:03 PM

Lenny

That is a great looking project. I have made a couple of those as gifts and are fun to make.

Good job!!

Steve

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#12 posted 11-21-2016 03:40 AM

That is a beauty Lenny !
Your work keeps getting better and better.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#13 posted 11-21-2016 03:58 PM

Thank you Dean, Steve and Eric.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 11-21-2016 08:00 PM

Beautiful! nice work…

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#15 posted 11-23-2016 04:40 AM

Nice work Lenny. I am in the middle of making one myself, Wenge and Birdseye Maple. Nice to see yours turned out so well
Eric

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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