I drew a template using a coffee can for the circle. Decided the circle into 4 parts for separate storage in the finished box.take note of the circle in the middle. this will hold the bolt which screws onto the lid.
Step 2: Cutting the pieces
Using my scroll saw I cut out the circle then the inside sections.
Step 3: Assembly
I made 2 identical pieces and now I'm gluing them together. Clamp well until glue sets.
Step 4: Flower for the lid
I cutout a flower which will be glued to the lid. It serves a few purposes. It hides the nut, acts like a knob / handle and makes the finished box more attractive.
Step 5: Cutout a stem
I cutout a stem which makes the flower more finished.
Step 6: Nut inside the lid
This is a standard 1/4" nut. I notched out the shape of the nut so it won't turn. There are better style nuts that should be used but this was all I had handy.
Step 7: Bottom piece
I traced the outside shape onto a 1/8th piece of plywood which will be used for the bottom. Just glue, clamp and let dry.
Step 8: Sanding
Now is the time to finish with your sanding. I screwed the lid on snug then sanded the sides till all pieces were flush and smooth.
Step 9: Painting
I should have painted my flower before gluing it to the lid. would have made painting it a lot quicker.
Step 10: Finishing
I like to use dark stains. This one I chose is called red oak 215 by minwax. After staining and left to dry I apply my first coat of polyurethane. It's fast drying and again made by minwax. After the coat dries I'll give it a very light sanding then another coat of polyurethane. This will be repeated until I get the shine I'm after.
Step 11: Finished product
Lots of sanding and a few coats of polyurethane and your box should look something like mine.
Again, this is my first instructable so hope it's easy to follow. Post comments below.