Build an Heirloom Box
Adding a book-matched veneered top makes this simple box shine.
Synopsis: This box project is a great way to learn and perfect new woodworking skills. As you work through the project you’ll cut dovetails at the tablesaw, rout tongue-and-groove joints on the router table, create a book-matched veneer panel, and add banding. The small scale of this project won’t cost you much in the way of materials and you’ll end up with a beautiful keepsake.
Boxes are a great place to practice and hone new skills. The materials won’t break the bank and you can spend as much or as little time on them as you want. This box project is a great example. With it, you can hone your dovetail skills and learn to cut tongue-and-grooves at the router table. It will also introduce you to working with veneers and bandings, two details that really bring the piece to life.
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