Keepsake Boxes

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Project by Tasdad posted 08-23-2014 11:11 PM 1359 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to build something special for the birth of my first granddaughter, so I chose a keepsake box.

I haven’t done much woodworking in many years, and I had a hard time of it at first. The first attempt went so wrong that I decided to start over and make a second box, but continue building the first box to test settings and techniques.

By the end of the project, I realized that the first box was actually not so bad, so I decided to give it to my mother so she would have something to connect her to her great-granddaughter.

The box is made of maple with cedar splines. The white on the top is dry-erase board, so it can be used to draw/write on.

Everyone said they loved the gifts. And this project has inspired me to get back into woodworking.

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#1 posted 08-24-2014 04:23 AM

Good looking boxes
Welcome to the site.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 08-24-2014 08:19 AM

Tasdad, I like the idea of an erasable board on top. Nice thinking. You have done a fine job on these and have mastered all the basics and more in box making. I especially liked your use of tapered sides, corner splines, and domed lids.

In the spirit of sharing ideas on lumberjocks, these are some box ideas listed by topics if you want of take a look at any of them before your next box project. This idea may relate to projects like you have just made.

Tutorials: Just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Finishing tips:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Adding splines to a box:
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 sliding trays: for inside boxes:
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Making a serving tray with angled sides.
Roy Underhill's tool tote.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 02:15 PM

Thanks guys.

Al, thanks for the links. I’m definitely getting some ideas for future projects.

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 03:18 PM

These are really nice looking boxes. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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