Keepsake box - sliding wave top - cherry and bloodwood

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Project by PhillipsTed posted 09-28-2015 12:03 AM 2649 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got the idea for building a router jig to produce the “wave” pattern on panels from a recent woodworking magazine. Pretty cool little jig, and I ended up using a bowl bottom bit to produce wave-like crests on the panel. Once I had the panel, I decided to make it into a keepsake box with a sliding lid.

I made the box out of half-inch cherry, dovetailed at the corners. I used quarter inch hardboard for the bottom since I wanted to line the box with burgundy glove-leather. I added a couple of pieces of bloodwood as breadboard ends on the wave-routed top as an accent, and hand-cut the wave pattern on these pieces. I hand cut all the grooves on the box with my new LN router plane, and hand cut the dovetails as well.

I finished the box (before gluing in the leather lining with wood glue) with watco danish oil natural and topped it off with a buffing of Ren Wax.


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#1 posted 09-28-2015 02:24 PM

Very nice project with your combination of woods and design. Someone’s happy

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 10:32 PM

Great box. I like the design and the fact that you did most of it with hand tools. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#3 posted 09-29-2015 05:07 PM

Very unique and creative top. Thanks for idea, very useful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-14-2017 08:54 PM

This box is so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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