Primitive Little Keepsake Box

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Intro: Primitive Little Keepsake Box

Check out the video, it'll give you some ideas of your own.

Step 1: Cutting Out the Back of the 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.

Step 2: Back of Box and Block of Wood

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....

Step 3: Drawing the Drawer

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....

Step 4: Cutting Out the Drawer

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...

Step 5: Drawer

After following the line and cutting out the drawer, it slides right out of the block of wood. Let continue...

Step 6: Front and Back of Drawer

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...

Step 7: Cut Out With the Bandsaw

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.

Step 8: Ready for Glue Up

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...

Step 9: Glued and Clamped

So everything is glued and clamped. We will wait about a hour for it all to dry. Let's see the next step...

Step 10: Distressing Wood

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...

Step 11: Torching Wood

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....

Step 12: Spray Shellac

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...

Step 13: Finished Box

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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    Brokk Hrafnsson

    8 months ago

    I like the way you made the drawer, and the torching definitely brought out the grain. Nice build ;)

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