Memory Box

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Having now been on a few holiday with my SO I wanted somewhere for her to keep the memories she had saved from these trips but to make it extra special I wanted the box also to mean something. So I opted to make this up and try hand routing a message into the lid

Cutting up

First task was to cut the 1/2” pine PSE boards for the lid and sides (After building I wish I had used 1/4”) this was easily done using a chop saw

Glue up

Next task was to glue the parts of the lid together using simple wood glue


The lid needed clamping while it was drying to ensure the bond was tight and wouldn’t come apart

Taking shape

While the lid was gluing it gave me a chance to put together the sides of the box and using clamps to ensure it stayed square while I joined it together using small pin nails and some more wood glue

Bottoms up

The bottom was just a simple bit of 5mm ply board. Good tip here is to cut it slightly bigger than needed and then to use a plane to get a nice flush edge

Putting a lid on it

Now the lid was dried I could put the hinges on (which I never find easy) and again plane the lid flush with the edges of the box

Making it personal

I then used a router to put in a message to give it that personal touch. I printed the words onto paper and tapped to the lid and used the router to follow the wording, cutting the paper and lid at the same time (sadly I have lost the video)

Standing out

I painted the lettering in black to help it stand out and any over spill was just sanded away to give sharp lettering

Job done

Couple of coats of varnish and we can call this quick project completed!

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