A4 Document or Keepsake Box

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Project by aussiedave posted 413 days ago 1157 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my very first project, an A4 Document or keepsake box that I made about a year ago. It is nothing flash, very basic. I did mitred corners with slots on all four sides top and bottom to take the veneered ply for the lid and base. Then I glued all four sides together with the ply in the grooves for the top and bottom of the box. Just used band clamps to hold it all together while the glue was setting. I sanded the insides of the box before gluing, and then the outside after the belts were removed. Then placed the glued up box on the table saw, with the fence set to 17mm (about 5/8” for the US) and cut the lid free from the rest of the box. I gave the whole box two coats of Danish oil not really knowing a whole lot about finishing at that stage of my woodworking. I then cut a sheet of cardboard and spray glued a piece of buff coloured suede leather to it for the inside of the box. The box itself is Tasmanian Oak. So my woodworking journey began.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#1 posted 413 days ago

Nice box…never used tassie oak.. but they tell it works well…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Bob Collins

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#2 posted 413 days ago

A great start to your journey Dave, a nice looking box and look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 413 days ago

Very nice. Great first project, too. You started off well!!
..........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 413 days ago

That’s a nice clean box. 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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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 413 days ago

Helluva nice box! If you hadn’t said so, no one would think that was your first.
Looking forward to more.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 413 days ago

Very nice. Sometimes simple is best. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 413 days ago

That came out awesome for a first of the journey box. Never seen Tasmanian oak but I use a lot of red oak, white oak and live oak around here.

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#8 posted 412 days ago

Well Done my Friend!
A lot better than my First!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 409 days ago

That looks pretty good for a first box. You’re off to a good start. It has neat and clean lines. Well done!

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#10 posted 394 days ago

What a great start to woodworking.!

I’ll bet other first timers look at this and say to themselves, ‘this must be easy’. It is, if you plan well.

Look forward to following your work.

-- John, Illinois,

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#11 posted 391 days ago

very very nice first box. keep it up

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#12 posted 362 days ago

Man!!! I wish I was as talented as you!! I really like this box, it does not need flash!!
It is great being simple but yet Beautiful too.. and made very well!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 270 days ago

Ahrrr robbed! where are the rest of the pictures?
Like the inside for one !!

Otherwise bloody good effort mate !!

-- Regards Robert

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