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❈ Keepsake Box

Learn gluing techniques as you assemble this hardwood box.

Parts to Purchase:

½" Walnut Lumber
½" Cherry Lumber
¼" Cherry Lumber
RapidFuse Wood Adhesive

Other Materials:

▸ 2" Clear Packing Tape
▸ Sandpaper
▸ Wipe-on Finish
Keepsake Box


1. Gather Your Pieces

1. Gather Your Pieces

There are nine pieces that will be assembled to make the box. Four of them are the mitered sides and ends. Sand them smooth now.
2. The Box Sub-assembly

2. The Box Sub-assembly

Lay a long piece of 2" wide packing tape, sticky-side-up, on the bench. Carefully lay out the sides and ends on the tape, with the miters up.
3. Roll the Pieces Together

3. Roll the Pieces Together

Apply RapidFuse Wood Adhesive and "roll" pieces into a rectangle. Tape the last corner closed and allow the glue to cure.
4. Chamfer the Edges

4. Chamfer the Edges

Chamfer the edges of the flat pieces and the handle with a bearing guided 45° bit in a router table.
5. Mark the Plug Location

5. Mark the Plug Location

Mark the location of the alignment plug on the underside of the top. Apply Nexabond glue.
6. Glue the Plug in Place

6. Glue the Plug in Place

Place the alignment plug on the underside of the top. Press down firmly to secure the plug.