Cedar Keepsake Box - Free Woodworking Plan

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Cedar Keepsake Box – Free Woodworking Plan

Here’s a box that makes a great jewelry box or the perfect place for keepsakes like old photographs or letters. It’s even the perfect size for a cigar box.

Material List for Cedar Keepsake Box Free Woodworking Plan

  • 3 linear feet of 1 x 3 cedar
  • 4 linear feet of 1 x 6 cedar
  • 1 linear foot of 1 x 8 cedar
  • 2 linear feet of 1 x 10 cedar

Pine may be substituted for cedar

Hardware List

  • 40 1-1/2” 4d finishing nails
  • 2-inch-long hinges

Instructions for Making the Cedar Keepsake Box

Step 1

Cut two Box Sides (A) from 1 x 6 cedar, each measuring 5 1/2″ x 7 3/4″.

Step 2

Cut two Box Front/Backs (B) from 1 x 6 cedar, each measuring 5 1/2″ x 10.

Step 3

Place two Box Front/Backs (B) on edge parallel to each other and 7 inches apart. Place the ends of the two Box Sides (A) between the Box Front Backs (B) as shown in Figure 1. Apply glue to the meeting surfaces. Nail through the Box Front/Backs (B) into the ends of the Box Sides (A) using three 1 1/2” finishing nails on each joint.

Cedar Keepsake Box - Free Woodworking Plan Figure 1
Figure 1

Step 4

Cut two Box Top/Bottoms (C) from 1 x 10 cedar, each measuring 9 1/4″ x 10″ inches long.

Step 5

Place one Top/Bottom (C) over the edges of the Box Sides (A) and Box Front/Backs (B) as shown in Figure 2. Apply glue to the meeting surfaces. Nail through the Top/Bottom (C) into the edges of the Box Sides (A) and Box Front/Backs (B) using 1 1/2” finishing nails.

Cedar Keepsake Box - Free Woodworking Plan Figure 2
Figure 2

Step 6

Turn the Box assembly upside-down and repeat Step 5 to attach the remaining Box Top/Bottom (C).

 

Step 7

Carefully mark around the perimeter of the box, 1 1/2″ from one Box Top/Bottom (C), as shown in Figure 2. Cut carefully along the marked lines through the box to create two pieces.

Instructions for Making the Tray Insert

Step 1

Cut two Tray Sides (D) from 1 x 3 cedar, each measuring 2 1/2″ x 6″.

Step 2

Cut two Tray Front/Backs (E) from 1 x 3 cedar, each measuring 2 1/2″ x 7 3/4″.

Step 3

Place two Tray Front/Backs (E) on edge parallel to each other and 7″ apart. Place the ends of the two Tray Sides (D) between the Tray Front Backs (E) as shown in Figure 3. Apply glue to the meeting surfaces, and nail through the Tray Front/Backs (E) into the ends of the Tray Sides (D) using two 1 1/2” finishing nails on each joint.

Cedar Keepsake Box - Free Woodworking Plan Figure 3
Figure 3

Step 4

Cut one Tray Bottom (F) from 1 x 8 cedar, measuring 6 x 6 1/4″. This piece will fit inside the Tray Sides and Front/Backs (D and E), as shown in Figure 4. Apply glue to the meeting surfaces, and nail through the Tray Sides (D) and Tray Front/Backs (E) into the ends and edges of the Tray Bottom (F) using 1 1/2” finishing nails spaced 2 inches apart.

Instructions for Finishing the Cedar Keepsake Box

Step 1

Fill any cracks, crevices, or screw holes with wood filler.

Step 2

Thoroughly sand all surfaces of the completed cedar box.

Step 3

Seal and paint or stain your completed cedar box the color of your choice.

Step 4

Attach the hinges to the lid and box.

Step 5

Enjoy!

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