Wedding Keepsake Box #2: Box Glue Up

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Blog entry by Eric posted 08-01-2021 11:44 PM 696 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Building the Box Part 2 of Wedding Keepsake Box series Part 3: Finishing touches »

Another productive week, a few evenings and a few hours over the weekend. Sides all glued up and sanded, both top and bottom edge banded, secured the top band with some 1/4” dowel pins, which adds an accent. Slot cut for the cards and a small round over. Also milled up some cove molding to trim out the top and bottom, installed.

I added an interior band on the bottom of the top side, to give a little added support for the small cove. I am thinking about adding a little block on each side of the inner band, this way I can install a dowel pin with a small knob, to lock down the top.

I cut splines at top and bottom, then used a saw kerf thick piece of Wenge, I still need to trim those down after the glue sets. The knobs for the sides would also be a Wenge bead.

I decided to use some store bought wooden knobs for the feet, just to give that appearance of the box floating. I also cut a false bottom from a piece of 1/4” oak plywood sitting around, and there is still room to hold the cards.

The interior, with little turn buttons to hold the board. I picked up a cheap poster frame and cut to size for the photo frame, used the plastic film too.

The inside of the top, should be no problem locking the down.

Still need to do some sanding around the cove and the splines. But overall happy with the outcome. Then I need to decide how to finish.

Thanks for looking.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#1 posted 08-02-2021 12:31 AM

Looks like it’s coming together nicely, Eric.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 08-02-2021 01:50 AM

Thanks Dave, hope to have it ready for finish this week.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 08-02-2021 01:55 AM

Very nice work

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

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#4 posted 08-02-2021 02:16 AM

Thanks Pjonesy, now your models are beautiful pieces too.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 08-02-2021 03:04 AM

Looks very nice Eric just wondering was the wenge splines you used from my treasure chest. Only asked cause you said it gave you an idea, looks great.

-- Jim, Illinois

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#6 posted 08-02-2021 09:09 AM

That is so nice Eric, a beautiful wedding keepsake

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

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#7 posted 08-02-2021 09:54 AM

Thanks Jim, the idea you gave me was for a card box, using the design of a treasure chest. I had thought about the splines and using a 1/4” strip but decided that would have been to big.

Thanks Peter. This has been a fun project.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 08-02-2021 12:37 PM

That’s Very Nice Eric!!

-- Cal, South Carolina,USMC

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#9 posted 08-02-2021 12:51 PM

Oh yea, this is going to be a hit at the wedding. Easy access to change out pictures too. Looking great.

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

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#10 posted 08-02-2021 03:13 PM

I like it Eric. The photo backing and the hold downs are innovative.

I would try a light stain with a clear coat finish. The contrasting splines are to nice to paint over.

But the bride may want it painted.

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 08-02-2021 04:00 PM

Thanks Calvin and Dave,

James, I idea to finish is a light stain and clear coat. Her theme revolves around sunflowers, so a thought is to fine some tissue paper with sunflowers and place it on before the last coat of finish. That is the only way to incorporate the sunflowers, at least what I thought of.

That carousel idea is neat.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#12 posted 08-02-2021 04:47 PM

Very nice work Eric. Your daughter can fill it with wedding photos to remind her of the special day. The fact that you made it for her wedding will be very special.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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#13 posted 08-02-2021 11:52 PM

Thank you Ed. I am sure she will use it well. I asked a few weeks ago about a toy I built for her some 20 years ago. She still has it and it’s stuff with photo albums.

-- Eric, building the dream

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