|Project by Lenny||posted 03-18-2017 08:47 PM||1165 views||1 time favorited||17 comments|
A few months ago I began making three of these boxes. The other two have been posted. 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 jatoba for this box and it was my first use of this wood species. I have to say, I did not like the look of the wood when I began milling it. It had a dull yellow tinge to it. It is gorgeous stuff with a natural finish applied. I chose bird’s eye maple for the lid cap. The finish is Watco Danish Oil followed by Howard’s Feed ‘n Wax.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI