1-Board Trinket Box from Cedar Fence Picket

Submitted by JoanneS on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 15:30

I built this as the prototype for the 1-Board Cedar Trinket Box plan. My goal had been to create something that would make a nice gift, only use 1 cedar fence picket (about $3 in wood), didn't require any special cutting or ripping, and could be made with just your miter saw and brad nailer (you could use regular nails and hammer too, but I love my nailgun!) Also highly recommend using a palm sander for this. (Love my power tools!)

As I was building I discovered the beauty of cedar, the imperfections of cedar fence boards, and the value of prototyping. I added some tweaks to the plan to identify the places where you should build the first part, then measure, then cut the next part.

This took about 2 1/2 hrs to build, which included a whole lot of sanding. I started with 80-grit, then 220 grit to get the board surfaces smooth. After the prototype was assembled and I noticed how much cupping there was in my fence board, I broke out the 60-grit and went over all the high spots to smooth them down. Next time I'll be much more careful to choose a board without much of a cup. It did give some real interesting grain patterns though, so it all worked out in the end.

For pulls I cut a couple of interesting looking knots from my cedar board and glued them on. The next one I'd like to try some strips of leather or maybe a rope knot for pulls.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$3 in wood + finishing materials
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
cedar fence picket
Finish Used
I started to leave this one natural, but after trying the tutorial for the Walnut Minwax Express Color on cedar, I had to use that finish on this piece. I'm loving the walnut color! Topcoat is 1 coat of Minwax Oil Modified water based poly in satin.
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Fri, 08/16/2013 - 17:44

Joanne, I am so blessed to see how creative you are every day, how you approach your builds with others in mind, and how you work with the situations you encounter and turn things into functional and beautiful pieces! =D Thank you for sharing your creativity with passion and drive!


Sat, 08/17/2013 - 05:10

Thank you so much for your kind comments! I have gained so much from the experience of participating on this site, I am hoping sharing this might be helpful to fellow readers/builders. Building, and sharing it here brings me joy, and I want to share that!

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