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Woodsmith Shop Keepsake Box #2

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Project by Lenny posted 11-25-2016 05:39 PM 1758 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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#1 posted 11-25-2016 06:02 PM

Hello Lenny

Very impressive box

Im’ excited to try to make one like this in the future
The curves are so beautiful

Fantastic job
Congratulations

Thanks for sharing

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

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#2 posted 11-25-2016 06:38 PM

Thanks Diggerjacks. It’s a beautifully designed box and a fun build.

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

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#3 posted 11-25-2016 06:49 PM

Beautiful. The design is very eye catching and your selection of wood for contrast is excellent. I have tried to work with purple heart and found it very difficult so your work is even more impressive to me.

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#4 posted 11-25-2016 07:12 PM

Looks like another Home Run to me Lenny !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 11-25-2016 07:30 PM

Great work on these boxes. I am going to have to give that finish a try. Beautiful!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#6 posted 11-26-2016 01:48 AM

Nice work, Lenny, Happy T-day.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 11-26-2016 02:05 AM

Thank you Eric, Bob and everyone else.

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

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#8 posted 11-26-2016 03:50 AM

Beautiful work on this piece – I love the contrast between the lid and the box, great work!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 11-26-2016 10:45 AM

Awesome shape, considering it was squared box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 11-27-2016 12:24 AM

Nice box Lenny. Great contrast.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 11-27-2016 06:59 AM

A beautiful and stunning box, makes me want to go and make something.

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#12 posted 11-27-2016 06:12 PM

another great project. This is a simple but elegant design and you have mastered it. It is always a treat to see your projects. Thanks.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#13 posted 11-27-2016 07:01 PM

Once again, I appreciate all the kind words.

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

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#14 posted 11-28-2016 12:28 AM

Great job these are on my to do list. I think I’ll go the same route on the box joints.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 11-30-2016 06:59 PM

WowZa Lenny! Wood combos are super eye candy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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