Aromatic Cedar trinket box

Submitted by JoanneS on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:33

This was a project to use some pieces of left over ¼” thick aromatic cedar closet lining board.  I cut off the tongues and grooves with the sliding miter saw, and calculated the measurements for the box to fit the size of the wood.  For this build I used the micro-pin nailer with compressor, and ½” headless pin nails.  The finished box measures 4 1/8” tall, 6” long, and 3 3/8” wide.

Inside, a divided lift-out tray sits on rails made from small pieces of the cedar board glued to the inside.  The addition of an extra decorative board to the top made it ¾” thick, to work with a regular knob.  The inside of the box stayed unfinished to preserve the cedar fragrance.  This was an afternoon project.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
The cost of this build is just for the knob, since the wood and finishing materials were already on hand.
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Aromatic Cedar
Finish Used
On this build I ended up with some discoloration from the glue. I re-sanded and touched it up with some Minwax express color in Mahogany on those areas to even up the color and make it all look natural again. Then everything received 3 coats of gloss polycrylic, topped off with an acrylic crystal knob from Lowes.
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Fri, 12/05/2014 - 17:56

Joanne, you are the queen of trinket/jewelry boxes! I love all of your posts which show how something simple can be so different and special. These would make wonderful Christmas presents for loved ones, friends, or co-workers. Thanks for sharing.


Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:58

Linda, thanks so much for the nice comment!  I have such fun doing hand built gifts for Christmas!  Thinking up how to decorate them and what to make them from is a big part of the fun!  smiley

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