El­e­gant Keep­sake Box

SHOW OFF TREA­SURED WOOD— AND LOCK OTHER TREA­SURES IN­SIDE*

The Family Handyman - - CONTENTS - BY BRAD HOLDEN

Who doesn’t need a place to store small trea­sures? It’s a great gift for ev­ery­one.

Small boxes like these al­low you to show­case the beau­ti­ful de­tails of a piece of wood. It could be an un­usual color, a highly fig­ured pat­tern or just an eye-pleas­ing wave of grain. You could splurge on an ex­otic species or sim­ply use choice left­overs from an­other project. I made the box in this ar­ti­cle from ma­hogany scraps that were too small for most projects but way too nice for the fire­place.

1. PREP THE SIDES AND ENDS

Cut each side as a sin­gle piece, in­clud­ing one end each, to fin­ished width and rough length. The end pieces will be cut off later.

2. GROOVE THE SIDES AND ENDS

Mill the grooves for the top and bot­tom. Both grooves are the same dis­tance from their re­spec­tive edges. Plane the bot­tom to fit the groove.

3. MITER THE COR­NERS

Cut the miters on the ends and sides, trim­ming each piece to fi­nal length. Then rip the short end to fin­ished height.

4. AS­SEM­BLE THE BOX

Lay out the box parts in a line, with tape at the cor­ners. Glue the miters, slip in the bot­tom, and then fold the box to­gether. Re­set each piece of tape, stretch­ing them to pull the cor­ners tight.

5. RABBET THE LID

Rabbet both sides and one end of the lid, us­ing a dado set with a sac­ri­fi­cial board to pro­tect the fence.

6. FIT THE LID

Ad­just the lid as needed so that it slides smoothly in the grooves, and then at­tach the mitered lid end us­ing glue and tape.

7. KERF THE COR­NERS

Lay out and cut the kerfs for the cor­ner keys. Painter’s tape marks a clear stop­ping point for the kerf ends.

8. WIDEN THE KERFS

Widen the kerfs with a thicker blade, such as a fine-tooth re­cip­ro­cat­ing saw blade.

9. CUT KEY STOCK

Rip key stock from the outer edge of a wide board. It might take a few at­tempts to get the thick­ness just right.

10. IN­STALL THE KEYS

Cut the keys with a fine-tooth hand­saw or util­ity knife. Glue the keys and slip one key into each kerf.

11. FIN­ISH UP

Trim the keys flush, and then sand and fin­ish the box.

TO SEE HOW THE IN­GE­NIOUS SE­CRET LOCK WORKS, FLIP TO P. 62.

End Side

Miter gauge fence

Sac­ri­fi­cial board

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