Keepsake Boxes

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Project by Kjuly posted 01-15-2013 12:48 PM 1624 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked for a small keepsake box for Christmas. So, I collected a pile of shorts and put together a few boxes made of different woods.
The boxes measure 4 1/4” by 7 1/2” by 4” high
I have been experimenting with making inlay banding for over a year now and thought would be good time to use some.
My original plan was to put the banding on the lid but decided to put it on the box.
I cut the dado, to accept the banding, on the router table. Glued the banding in and sanded it flush.
In my view the banding interferes with the dovetail pattern. On the next boxes I am going to try finger joints or just a simple rabbit joint.
I didn’t add banding to the oak box because I couldn’t find a banding pattern that would compliment the Quatersawn White Oak grain. Some things are better left alone, well, at least for now.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 02:10 PM

Very nice work! The joinery looks great!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 03:29 PM

Very nice boxes Keith

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 06:16 PM

Thanks, I am glad you like them.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 08:14 PM

Maybe put the banding on top of the lid, so as to not interfere with the dovetails? Looks nice, though.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 09:26 PM

Thanks Brian,
I have one that is unfinished. I think I will try it on the lid.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 02:23 AM

Those are all very nice. I admire your shop made banding a lot. I watched the vids but haven’t attempted any yet. I agree that banding on the top would be better and not detract from your amazingly accurate joinery.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 02:30 PM

Hello gfadvm,
I watched those videos to and that’s what inspired my to give it a try. I started out with a pattern and worked from there.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 03:35 PM

These are all quite nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#9 posted 01-16-2013 06:02 PM

Thanks Charles

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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