A4 Document or Keepsake Box

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Project by aussiedave posted 06-10-2013 07:29 AM 4340 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my very first project, an A4 Document or keepsake box that I made about a year ago. It is nothing flash, very basic. I did mitred corners with slots on all four sides top and bottom to take the veneered ply for the lid and base. Then I glued all four sides together with the ply in the grooves for the top and bottom of the box. Just used band clamps to hold it all together while the glue was setting. I sanded the insides of the box before gluing, and then the outside after the belts were removed. Then placed the glued up box on the table saw, with the fence set to 17mm (about 5/8” for the US) and cut the lid free from the rest of the box. I gave the whole box two coats of Danish oil not really knowing a whole lot about finishing at that stage of my woodworking. I then cut a sheet of cardboard and spray glued a piece of buff coloured suede leather to it for the inside of the box. The box itself is Tasmanian Oak. So my woodworking journey began.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 07:44 AM

Nice box…never used tassie oak.. but they tell it works well…

-- Be safe.

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 07:59 AM

A great start to your journey Dave, a nice looking box and look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 01:22 PM

Very nice. Great first project, too. You started off well!!
..........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 01:23 PM

That’s a nice clean box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 06-10-2013 01:33 PM

Helluva nice box! If you hadn’t said so, no one would think that was your first.
Looking forward to more.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 06-10-2013 03:02 PM

Very nice. Sometimes simple is best. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 06-10-2013 03:32 PM

That came out awesome for a first of the journey box. Never seen Tasmanian oak but I use a lot of red oak, white oak and live oak around here.

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#8 posted 06-12-2013 01:34 AM

Well Done my Friend!
A lot better than my First!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 06-14-2013 02:16 PM

That looks pretty good for a first box. You’re off to a good start. It has neat and clean lines. Well done!

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#10 posted 06-29-2013 09:25 AM

What a great start to woodworking.!

I’ll bet other first timers look at this and say to themselves, ‘this must be easy’. It is, if you plan well.

Look forward to following your work.

-- John, Illinois,

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#11 posted 07-02-2013 02:23 PM

very very nice first box. keep it up

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#12 posted 08-01-2013 01:03 AM

Man!!! I wish I was as talented as you!! I really like this box, it does not need flash!!
It is great being simple but yet Beautiful too.. and made very well!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 10-31-2013 09:36 AM

Ahrrr robbed! where are the rest of the pictures?
Like the inside for one !!

Otherwise bloody good effort mate !!

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 08-27-2015 08:19 AM

What a great start to a journey to the unknown woodworking world. I build a outdoor table and 6 chairs here in New Zealand from Tazzie oak, I oil it twice a year and is still looks good after 5 years. looks good after is rains. really shows it colour. Keep up the great work.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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