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Woodsmith Shop Keepsake Box #3

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Project by Lenny posted 03-18-2017 08:47 PM 1256 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 03-18-2017 08:55 PM

Wow, that’s a beautiful box. Nice work Lenny.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 03-18-2017 08:57 PM

Lenny your Keepsake box looks perfect !

I too have made that same box and they are fun to make. Keep up the great work!

Love your projects!!

Steve

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

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#3 posted 03-18-2017 09:31 PM

You hit it out of the park again Lenny ! Real sweet boxes. Beautiful finishes too!

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#4 posted 03-18-2017 09:41 PM

Very pretty!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#5 posted 03-18-2017 10:19 PM

Looking very nice

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#6 posted 03-18-2017 10:52 PM

That is a real beauty. I hope to build this same box but right now have way too many honey do projects. But it is on my to do list.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 03-19-2017 12:02 AM

Hey if you are on facebook you can post a picture of that on the woodsmith plans FB page. Just make sure its woodsmith plans page. There are other woodsmith pages they do not operate. Nice work

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#8 posted 03-19-2017 12:13 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. BenDupre, I will look into that. Thank you.

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

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#9 posted 03-19-2017 12:13 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. BenDupre, I will look into that. Thank you.

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

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#10 posted 03-19-2017 03:49 AM

Nice one Lenny.

-- 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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#11 posted 03-19-2017 10:36 AM

Lenny, I love this box. It has a beautiful shape and I love the wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#12 posted 03-19-2017 10:39 AM

Nice shape box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 03-19-2017 02:24 PM

In my opinion that is one of the better designed projects to come out of Woodsmithshop. Your versions look great as always!

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#14 posted 03-19-2017 02:52 PM

very nice

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#15 posted 03-22-2017 01:11 AM

I just watched that episode that looks tuff to make nice job man ! I like how they made the handle very cool

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