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Plenty of the smaller tissue boxes showing up here on the LJ, I though I'd give it a go with some scraps!

The bases are finger jointed walnut and white oak, the top is from my dwindling stash of apricot.

I had expected more contrast between the oak and walnut after finishing, oh well 8^)

It all started with a glued up slab of oak/walnut to resaw into the 1/2" thick box walls:



The top needed an oval opening, so I made a template from 1/4" masonite.



The opening began as an oval printed out from a drafting program, then tack-glued onto the masonite.
I drilled out the bulk of the hole then finished with a saber saw. A rasp was used for cleanup.

A few pieces of double sided tape holds the template to the work piece:



A pattern bit on the router table does the rest. I use a top/bottom (dual) bearing pattern bit so I can avoid the "uphill" cuts across the grain by only moving the bit a tiny amount.

The hole is rounded over with a rounder bit on both sides.



The top has a stepped edge to "lock" into the base for glue up.

Quick and simple!



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I like the design and the use of salvage woods.

Nicely done! Will make excellent small gifts.
 

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Splint, these are nice looking. How did you attach the tops to the bases?
 

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Very nice. Love the contrasting wood you selected. The apricot is really eye catching. That top is great - I need to make myself a template like that. What finish did you use?
 

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Thanks guys!

Art, the top has a rabbet running around the edge (1/8" deep) and it is glued along the end grain.

BB1, The template is nice to have, once it's made, it'll last for a long time. The finish is "natural" Danish oil topped with Formbys low gloss wiping varnish.
 

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It's all but simple. It has some very nice woodworking elements like fingerjoints. I like the angled edges of top lid.
 
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