Christmas Gift Boxes

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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 11-26-2017 11:32 PM 1287 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has recently fallen in love with decorative and specialty soaps that she has found on Etsy. She has ordered a BUNCH of them to give as Christmas gifts this year. She asked me to build some boxes that she could use to hold all of the various soaps for her mother and sisters in law.

I recently discovered that I really like the look of birch plywood and walnut together. I finish them both with BLO. I built a dedicated 45’ miter sled for my table saw, and I used that to cut miters for the boxes. I also incorporated walnut splines. This was my first time to use splines. I really like the look.

Using my router table, I cut a dado in the walnut banding so that the 1/2” ply would slide in to it. There is an 1/8” overhang on either side of the plywood. I also used the router table to cut a rabbet on the bottom of each piece of ply to accept the bottoms.

Gluing up the mitered corners of the boxes took some creativity and a LOT of clamps.

My wife was very happy with the finished boxes.

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#1 posted 11-27-2017 02:49 AM

Nice looking boxes! I am sure they will be appreciated.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#2 posted 11-27-2017 03:59 AM

I have given so many boxes of so many different styles. Everyone loves them. Your boxes are delightful and everyone will love them because they are from you.

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#3 posted 11-27-2017 05:30 AM

Plan B. I like the looks of your boxes. The wood choice is beautiful. The finish looks super. Good work.

Just as an idea, you might try this clamping method. and this method of cutting 45s and this method of making splines. These are just suggestions that I have found work well for me. Hinged lids or sliding lids might also add to this type of box. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 11-27-2017 05:38 AM

Like the top lip idea, serves a couple of purposes, check out Kiefer’s projects he has a great solution to you clamping problems!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 11-27-2017 04:35 PM

Your boxes look nice

-- Sean

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