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Make a Box from Reclaimed Lumber

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Make a box like this as a holiday gift. Associate Editor Matt Kenney made it from reclaimed lumber--perfect for these tough economic times. Read his blog posts to see how he did it.
The sides are cherry, the top and bottom are softwood reclaimed from studs, and the lift is ebony.
The box includes three trays to fill with small little notions and whatnots. Perfect for Kenneys mom whos a quilter.
Make a box like this as a holiday gift. Associate Editor Matt Kenney made it from reclaimed lumber--perfect for these tough economic times. Read his blog posts to see how he did it. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Make a box like this as a holiday gift. Associate Editor Matt Kenney made it from reclaimed lumber--perfect for these tough economic times. Read his blog posts to see how he did it.


Just because the Dow lurched past 10,000 on Wednesday, doesn’t mean there's a lot of extra money to spend on holiday gifts this year.

Shopmade presents are the ticket this season to save a dime and show that you do care. Associate editor Matt Kenney came up with the perfect present for his mom this year. It’s an elegant box that's filled with storage space for her quilting supplies. But, the best part is, that he made it all from scraps: some leftover cherry from the scrap pile and an old (spruce??) wall stud.

Follow along and see how he did it:

Part One: Working with reclaimed lumber
Find out how Kenney found salvagable lumber from an old wall stud from his house.
Box Video Part Two: Piston-fit tray
The box carcase is done and one tray is fit. Watch a short video clip to see the snug fit.
Working with Small Parts Part Three: Working with small parts
Get Kenney's recipe for working with small parts and see how a shooting board makes a perfect fit.
Finish the Box Part Four: Finshing the box
The box is finally complete. See beauty shots of the finshed piece and find out how Kenney finished it.
Lift-Lid Box

Build a Lift-Lid Box
Download free plans and instructions for this great box project, excerpted from Doug Stowe's popular DVD and Book Basic Box Making

Build a Small Elegant Box
Pinned lapped joints and shaped sides refine a basic design. Plus, learn how to build this with video from the first season of our series Getting Started in Woodworking.

Free Woodworking Plan: Humidor
Download this classic Fine Woodworking article with instructions on building a traditional humidor.

Browse all Box Projects on FineWoodworking.com

 So what about you? Any special shopmade presents in the works this year? Gonna give reclaimed lumber a shot?



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