Cove veneer box

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Project by robscastle posted 07-09-2013 10:11 PM 1361 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box constructed using an unusual and diverse range of processes and products just to see what the workability is of using timber which is designed specifically for a different purpose or role.

The Components and Tools used.


The lid

1 x piece of Masonite
1 x piece of cedar veneer
1 x veneer insert medallion (shop bought)
1 x length of cove faced moulding/edging (large size)
1 x tube of Gold Rub and Buff

The Base

1 x piece of Masonite
several strip lengths of cedar veneer
1 x length of cove faced moulding/edging (Smaller size than piece used in the lid)
some more Gold Rub and Buff from above

The Tools and consumables.

Miter saw
Cutting Knife
Router/Table saw
1 x Titebond III
Sandpaper to 1600g
1 x Roarockt Vacuum Bag
Some rag.
Framing Clamps.


Start off by cutting a couple of pieces of the cove strip and decide on what the angle you want to achieve for your box is to be and then consider the lid can be reversible if required.

The lid I simply laid the base of the top flat and cut the sides and ends to suit.
Milled a rebate in the edge for the insert.
With the veneer sheet carefully cut out the area for the medallion and once fitted up taped both together.
Glue the prepared veneer onto the Masonite and place all in a Vac bag to set.
Applied Rub and Buff to the sides/edges before assembly then,
Trimmed the insert and sanded it to a suitable finish and attached the sides/edges.

Then for the base assembly it was much the same process again apart from the fact veneer strips were this time glued onto the cove section side/edges, and again into the vac bag for finishing.

The base rebates
The rebates for the base were cut out with enough clearance to be able route out sections of the cove moulding to form the feet later.

Route out the recess at the base to form the feet
Finish with rub and buff gold.

Project complete.

It seemed to work OK however the variances in the cove moulding are obvious on the top.
As the lid is reversible a photo or similar could have been inserted in the reverse face if required.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 12:57 AM

Very nice design. Looks quite elegant

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 02:33 AM

Well done. Very nice design!

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 02:42 AM

Great job thank you for sharing this project

-- Todd

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#4 posted 07-10-2013 11:55 AM

Nice box ….great job.

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

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#5 posted 07-12-2013 02:42 PM

Pretty and classy box! Great design, wood choices and finish. Great job!

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