Contoured Keepsake Box

Great-looking veneer and hardwood plus a few interesting woodworking techniques add up to a memorable project.

Splined miters and contoured sides are the focal points of this beautiful box. The hinged lid not only has an interesting profile, but it features a veneered center panel trimmed with thin, inlaid banding. We'll show you an easy and reliable method to veneer the panel without using an expensive vacuum press or any special tools. The best thing about this project is that you can find most of the material you’ll need to build it in the scrap bin. You can change the look of the box by choosing matching material for the splines, or use a contrasting wood. And since it only requires a small piece of veneer, you can look for an interesting piece without spending a fortune. While this box may be small, it’s a timeless piece that will show off your skills. It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend your shop time.



What You Get:

  • 8 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • More than 50 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded view
  • Cutting diagrams and materials list
  • Retail sources for project supplies

Product Recommendations

We don't have any links to project supplies and hardware for this particular project yet, but here are some other products that might be of interest to you. (We may receive commission when you use our affiliate links. However, this does not impact our recommendations.)

Table Saw Blade

Titebond III Wood Glue

Tung Oil Varnish

Combination Square