Mitered Keyed Keepsake Box

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I’m planning to make some keepsake boxes as presents. I decided that if I was going to make some boxes I’d better learn how to make them before I needed the skills and screwed up some expensive piece of wood.
I downloaded some plans then made some jigs I’d need.

Here’s my first attempt. This box is made from some scrap wood in my shop. The body of the box is cedar from a fence project and the top is a piece of cherry from an old table I refurbished. I certainly learned a few things along the way. A few more practice boxes and I should be ready to make some for real.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada,

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#1 posted 177 days ago

Nice job,

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 177 days ago

Great looking box, and a big welcome to lumber jocks.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 177 days ago

I would like to see more details about how you made the box. Pictures! I am trying to learn more box making techniques.

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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#4 posted 177 days ago

49er there’s complete instructions for this type of box on


-- Chris, Sparks Nevada,

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#5 posted 176 days ago

Chris, This is a great start. It looks like you have mastered lots of basic techniques and methods. Your spline jig is working well.

Welcome to Lumberland. If you want more tips you might try looking at the index below. The tips are arranged by topic. You might benefit from the tutorials on rounding and strap clamps.

Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like the one pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
$5 band clamps:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
Finishing tips:
Swapping Wood By Mail:

-- Big Al in IN

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