I wanted to give my groomsmen a special gift and I wanted it to be handmade. I don’t have lots of experience in making boxes, particularly ones that look really nice but it’s a skill that I wanted to work on.
I had some huon pine that I purchased on a trip to Tasmania. It was from the wooden boat festival and there was one nice 12mm board and one large slab which I ended up cutting down with a hand saw to create a second 12mm board.
I planed both boards down significantly to ensure they were flat and straight. I created a lot of waste doing this but ended up using the shavings to fill the box.
The parts for the box are all cut on a drop saw. I spent a lot of time adjusting the screws to ensure that it was cutting perfect 45 degree miters.
The slots are cut on a table saw.
I tried some western red cedar ply veneer for the top but I felt that it looked a little strange with the dark wood against the light huon colour. The final lid and base was just cheap plywood that I sanded down.
The stain is french polish but I wish that I just oiled or waxed it as the french polish came out quite yellow.
Regardless, I’m very happy with the final results and so are my groomsmen.
- Huon Pine
- Pine Plywood
- 21 year old Seppeltsfield Para Port
- Hand saw slab to planks
- Plane both planks flat
- Drop saw miters
- Bench saw top and bottom slots
- Glue using wood glue and straps
- Laser cut top
- Sand thoroughly
- French polish
Test piece, too dark
I strapped the boxes using painters tape but proper straps would have been a better option.
Glue on handles.
Western red cedar tops which I didnt use.