Wedding Keepsake Box #1: Building the Box

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Blog entry by Eric posted 07-27-2021 01:15 AM 1209 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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New project which I have put off long enough, and it will be needed at the end of October. My daughter is getting, and I told her I would make her a card box, for her day.

I was going to incorporate a sunflower, but decided that would not work, maybe be the time I put the finish on I will find some paper ones and put the poly over them.

I like making boxes with multiple sides, so I chose an octogon for this build. Each side has almost a 4×6 cutout to hold a photo. Using a thin strip at the bottom and a turn knob at the top, allows her to change the photos.

I planned on using maple, but could not find any local. So I am using poplar 1/2” stock. I will contend with the staining.

So far sides milled, top and bottom panels glued up, outer trim strips milled up to hide the end grain on both the top and bottom once cut to shape. Picture frame side cut out and routed, including the inside recess for a thin board 1/8” and the photo. All sanded smooth.

The finished box will be 14-1/2” across the flats and 12” high. I will cut and route a slot in the top to drop the cards in.

I believe she will cherish it years to come

-- Eric, building the dream

11 comments so far

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-27-2021 01:43 AM

Nice start!!


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

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#2 posted 07-27-2021 02:53 AM

This is a very interesting design, so I’m watching with great interest.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 07-27-2021 03:59 AM

Can’t wait to see the finished product. Looking good so far.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#4 posted 07-27-2021 10:16 AM

Thanks guys.
It is a journey and we are here to share, so maybe to give others ideas.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 07-27-2021 12:58 PM

Very Nice Eric Just like Always She will Cherish it for Years too come..

-- Cal, South Carolina,USMC

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#6 posted 07-27-2021 01:16 PM

Looks to be coming along great Eric. The cutouts for the photos is the perfect idea. Can’t wait to see the finished results.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 07-27-2021 04:10 PM

It’s going to be a great wedding gift.
Did you cut the angles on the table saw or miter saw?

They came out nice.

-- James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 07-27-2021 04:32 PM

Nice work so far, I’ll be interested to see the final product. Keep us posted.

-- Can you skin griz pilgrim? Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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#9 posted 07-27-2021 09:58 PM

Thanks again guys.

James, I used the table to cut my angles, then off to the jig saw and router.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#10 posted 08-07-2021 07:40 PM

This will be interesting to follow. Thank you for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 08-07-2021 08:30 PM

Thanks Dan, I have a second post up of the progress. Thank for looking and the interest.

-- Eric, building the dream

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