While I was working on my latest spoon I thought I would have a couple of small projects on the go too. I like to have a variety of things going on in my shop. It adds interests and has me working with with muscles and in different postures, which helps my back pain issues. This is an oval (ish) box with a twisting lid. It has a maple body and oak top and bottom.
It is similar to making a band saw box but instead of cutting the ends off I shaped the body, through drilled out the inside and then added the end pieces. Through drilling and adding the bottom afterwards makes for a smoother finish inside and on the bottom. Fitting the bottom and shaping it is easy.
I rough cut the oak and glued it onto the bottom. Then I used my belt sander to form the bottom to the exact shape of the body of the box. To fit the top exactly I use a trick I learned from wood turning. As you can see from the photo there is paper residue on the wood.
To glue the top onto the body solidly enough that I could shape and sand it and still get it loose I glued a layer of ordinary printed paper between the two pieces. I clamped the two pieces together and gave them lots of time (over night) to set thoroughly. After I was done sanding and shaping I inserted a thin knife blade between the top and bottom and gently pried them apart.
At this moment I haven't got a use for the box. It is awaiting multiple coats of shellac and spray varnish. I will finish it when I am finishing other small projects.