Incra Projects Trinket Boxes

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Project by sonnyr posted 12-07-2021 06:02 PM 725 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These 6 inch by 9 inch “Trinket Boxes” were inspired by Perry McDaniel’s book, “Incra Projects & Techniques”. They were finished using the method that LJ “Kelby” uses. Original sanding to 220 grit, then wet sanded with 320, 400, 600, 800 1200, 2000 grits using his Danish Oil mixture. Each step is left to dry overnight.
Most of the box sides are cut in sequence so that the wood grain can be followed from the left rear corner around the box. The tops are cut from 6-inch-wide pieces, when possible.
The lettering on the inside of the lids was done with a small NEJE Laser Engraver. Some of the names were taken from Google searches about Calligraphy. Other names were actual people’s signatures taken from cell phone pictures of their black Sharpie signatures on white printer paper. The engraved signatures add a sentimental value when the box is passed on to the next generation.
The first box is made from recycled Padauk flooring, a gift from a friend, with Maple trim. He got a box like this.
The second box is made from Cherry, with Maple trim, my granddaughter’s favorite wood.
The third box is made from Purple Heart with Maple trim.
The fourth box (pics 4 & 5) is from a cedar (Juniper) fence post that was probably at least 50-60 years old. It came from a ranch outside of Goldthwaite, Texas. The wood is rock hard and heavy. It has Walnut trim.
The fifth box is made from recycled Bamboo flooring, a Craigslist Free Item. It has Walnut trim.
Thank you for viewing these projects.

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#1 posted 12-07-2021 06:59 PM

Very nice boxes, Like the Incra Jig also. Good workmanship

-- Ron

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#2 posted 12-07-2021 07:15 PM

987Ron, Thanks. I really enjoy what can be done with the Incra setup.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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#3 posted 12-07-2021 07:16 PM

You went for all the fine detail those boxes could offer, great job and great effort with the construction detail and design!

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#4 posted 12-07-2021 07:43 PM

What a wonderful set of boxes. Beautiful in every way. Right down to the wooden hinges.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 12-07-2021 07:59 PM

Wow, those are really nice!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 12-07-2021 08:03 PM

Outstanding! I’ve had an Incra for 20+ years and never had the skills (patience) to make a double-double dovetail.

Great work, well done.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#7 posted 12-07-2021 08:05 PM

Fine work. Especially like the pullls.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#8 posted 12-07-2021 08:13 PM

Perry McDaniel’s project booklet has excellent instructions and Incra makes quality products to help woodworkers. I kinda sound like an ad for them, but LOL, I really don’t get paid anything. Their products do all the selling. I would like to give credit for all the ideas from other LJ’s and products they use that help to gain woodworking skills.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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#9 posted 12-07-2021 09:02 PM

Very nice work on some great looking boxes.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 12-07-2021 11:51 PM

super nice boxes – anybody that can accomplish a double dovetail and still have their sanity is top-notch in my book. I hate to admit it but my incra jig isn’t a good as yours lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 12-08-2021 01:33 AM

Very nice. Slick looking woodwork.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 12-08-2021 01:30 PM

Very well done. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#13 posted 12-09-2021 02:39 AM

Gorgeous! Every detail is just perfect. Beautiful gifts

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#14 posted 12-09-2021 05:38 AM

I’d love to do the inlay dovetails but I’m always scared of screwing up the last step and then hours wasted. I’ll probably tackle it in 2022 just to say I did. Gorgeous work!

-- Zak, AZ

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#15 posted 12-09-2021 12:55 PM

Exquisite work. Nice design.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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