105 – Keepsake Box

Video - October 30, 2009

SONY DSCIt’s that time of year again: HOLIDAY PROJECT TIME! So this year, I decided to make a few little keepsake boxes, thanks to some advice from The Great WOODini. I also took inspiration from a box Nicole keeps on her nightstand and developed a new design that is much more practical for the average woodworker to make. The boxes feature a secret locking pin. Once removed, the lid slides off on a sliding dovetail. And as always with these holiday gift projects, you can modify them by trying different sizes, shapes, and wood species to make your own one-of-a-kind box. And since they are so easy to make, its no problem batching out a bunch of them in a single weekend. If you decide to make some, please send me pics of your variations.

Topics Covered:

  • Creating sliding dovetails
  • Using a dowel-centering pin to locate holes
  • Cutting a recess with a pattern bit
  • Sanding end-grain
Circle/Grommet Templates Circle Templates – $32.99
This template set has been incredibly useful for numerous projects including these keepsake boxes and the Contemporary Clock Project from last year.
GRR-Ripperââ??¢ Adjustable Push Block GRR-Ripper Adjustable Push Block – $59.99
The GRR-Ripper is the fancy push block you see me using in this video. Incredibly useful and gives you ultimate control of the workpiece!
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