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Primitive Little Keepsake Box

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I made a primitive little keepsake box. It's made from pine. I really distressed the wood here. It's acute little curious looking thing. Let me show you how I made it. Oh this box was made for a woodworking challenge I was involved in. Check out the video to see the process, I think you'll find it interesting.
Time: 60 Minutes Cost: $3 Difficulty: Medium
  • Keepsake Box
Check out the video and read on for how I created this little fun to look at box...
I took 2 2x4 pieces and glued them together. Originally this was a candle holder with a snowman painted on it. I sanded all that down so I could reclaim it and use it for this project. Here I am re-sawing a thin slice off the back of the block of wood. This piece I'm cutting off will become the back of the box. You're going to like this, it's a real cool way to make a box.
Here is the piece that will be used for the back of the box and the block of wood. Now we can move on to the next part....
I traced out a shape for the drawer. This box is being made from one block of wood. The name for this style is called a Bandsaw Box. Now we will cut out the drawer, let me show you....
I cut into the block of wood and followed the line I drew to cut out the drawer of the box. Check out the next photo...
After following the line and cutting out the drawer, it slides right out of the block of wood. Let continue...
The drawer I cut out? Well now I'll cut a slice off of the front and back. These will become the front and back of the drawer. At the end all these pieces will be glued back up together to for the finished project. Let's keep going...
I drew this bowl shape. Now I'll cut out the inside and that will become waste material. All I need is that outer piece of wood. The two slices I cut in the step prior will become the walls of the drawer...you'll see what I mean, check out the next picture.
Here is the drawer cut out. I have the front and back slices plus the bowl shape too. We will go ahead and glue all the parts up...
So everything is glued and clamped. We will wait about a hour for it all to dry. Let's see the next step...
I took a grinder with a rasp wheel and distressed the outside of the box.
Now let's torch the wood to give it a primitive used look. Let check that out...
You can see the wood takes on a rustic raw look as it's torched. I finished the box and I'm torching the drawer. Let's give it a coat of clear next....
Now I'm adding a little bit of spray shellac to seal the piece. Once the clear is dry, our box is done. Check out the finished piece...
I hope you enjoyed reading and watching how I made this piece. Check out the links I provide for more builds and I'll catch you next time...

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  • Nancy Gramm
    Nancy Gramm
    on Jan 14, 2018

    Cool! Back in the '90s I found a hunk of a tree that had been made into a 2-drawer unit similar to yours. As I recall, the bark was gone, but the wood hadn't been planed. Simply sanded and polished. I bought it as a gift for my husband, who wasn't as impressed as I was, and never did use it. We got rid of it somewhere along the line, but turns out I'm still as impressed as I was back then.

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