The first four pictures show various steps in the building of
the "Keepsake Box". As you can see in the first picture I have found that
using heavy elastic bands is a good way of clamping small glue ups.
These last four pictures show the finished box. It is constructed of
Purpleheart and Red Oak and measures 5"wide x 8"long X 4"high. It is finished with 5 coats of a clear
gloss water based urethane. The plans for this box were a free download from
the Wood-on-line website.
Below is a Jewel Box I made for my wife Betty for Christmas 2005. It is an
adaptation of the plans for the Keepsake Box above. It is made of Maple and Purpleheart
and measures 8"wide x 12"long x 4-1/2"high. Inside you will find a tray for long items
or chains and when you lift that out you will see that the lower part is divided in to
sections for separate storage of smaller items like rings or broaches. The bottom of
the tray and the lower section are covered with a matching velvet fabric. It is
finished with 5 coats of clear gloss water based urethane.
I have done up two of this next project. One was for Betty for Christmas
2005 and the other was for her mother also for Christmas 2005. The box
is made of Purpleheart with the top being Baltic Birch Plywood. The design
is scroll sawn into the top and the bottom is simply window screening to allow
air to circulate through the Potpouri which is placed inside. They measure
5" x 5" and are 2"high and are finished with clear gloss urethane.
COVERED ROUND BOX
I made this segmented round covered box for Betty for Christmas 2005.
It is made of Purpleheart, Maple, Walnut, Ebony and Teak and has 108 pieces
of wood in the lid and 115 pieces in the box for a total of 224 pieces.
These all have to be precision cut and glued to form the pattern and
are then "turned" on a Wood Lathe. The box measures 5-1/2" Dia. by 5"
high and the lid is 6"Dia. by 1-1/2"high. Overall height is 7". It is
finished in a clear gloss Urethane.