Letter Box

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Project by fred posted 03-23-2007 02:01 AM 2271 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was out in the shop a few weekends ago testing out some scrap on my new dovetail jig I recently bought from Rockler.

My daughter arrived and asked what was I making and I replied…’just trying out my new dovetail jig’. Not wasting any time she asked if I would make her a box to store her letters. So, I used some scrap oak 1/2” plywood and made the box. I used some 1/4” oak for the bottom. I trimed out the bottom sides and top with some scrap cherry. The lid is a solid piece of cherry. I then gave everything some light cherry stain and finished with poly.

I made a template for the bottom pieces and used a flush trim router bit. I had heard of the danger and difficulty in routing small pieces so I made a jig with holddowns to keep my fingers away from the bit and do it in as safe a manner as possible.

I at first was going to use hinges for the lid but later decided just to route part of the lid so it would fit the box. Overall, it is about 12” x 5” and tall enough to hold letters.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#1 posted 03-23-2007 02:19 AM

As usual, great stuff Fred. I think when you use scrap to make something it makes that piece even nicer. It’s a beautiful box. Thanks for sharing!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 03-23-2007 02:22 AM

ask and ye shall receive.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-23-2007 02:23 AM

Nice. I ‘m sure your daughter was pleased.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 03-23-2007 03:37 AM

Looks really nice, the finish turned out great.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 03-23-2007 04:08 AM

Nice little box

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#6 posted 03-23-2007 03:28 PM

This was my first attempt at using my Rockler Jig

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#7 posted 05-10-2007 06:17 AM

I love the Shuttle feature. It brought me to this post that I had previously missed.

And I love small wooden boxes even more; especially ones as nice as this. Those dovetails look super considering you were just practicing. Very nice work, Fred.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 05-10-2007 04:48 PM

I am sorry I missed this one also. Great letter holder Fred!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 05-10-2007 05:04 PM

Beautiful box Fred, I like it when someone brings a project back to life that I had previously missed.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 07-19-2007 12:50 AM

I liked this the first time I saw it and I’ve been thinking about finding a place to put everyone’s mail… this would work!

Might just have to see if I can make one.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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