|Project by Lenny||posted 11-25-2016 05:39 PM||1212 views||10 times favorited||15 comments|
This is the second of three keepsake boxes 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. I liked it enough to build three of them from differing species. While I stuck with the plans for the most part, I did opt to make ¼ inch box joints versus the 1/8 inch they did on the show. My primary reason was that I wanted to use my Incra LS Positioner to cut the slots and I do not own an 1/8 inch router bit tall enough for the task. They used the table saw to cut the slots. 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 in place, at the band saw you make concave cuts along the length of the box and convex cuts along its width. A lid cap is cut to the same shape as the box. It is ½ inch smaller than the lid. The handle is doweled into both the lid cap and lid.
I chose purpleheart for this box and used tiger maple for the lid cap. The finish is two coats of Minwax Antique Oil, to the outside surfaces only, followed by a coat of Howard’s Feed-n-Wax . The inside has a simple application of paste wax. It is a citrus based product that includes beeswax and carnauba wax.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI