If you’re looking for a special box for special items, you’ll love our wooden keepsake box plans. This is a great woodworking project that includes box joints and an-easy-to-make inlay in the lid. Even if you know nothing about creating inlays, you’ll have no problem crafting the inlay for this project. Our step-by-step plans provide everything you need to build this project. Check out this quick video demonstrating the use of the star inlay jig you will use in this project.

Making Box Joints

Box joints are a key element of our keepsake box. The author uses a simple shop-made box joint jig for the table saw to create perfectly fitting joints. If you want to make a similar jig for your shop, be sure to check out our box joint jig plans.

Handmade Gifts

There’s nothing quite like crafting and giving gifts you’ve made yourself. Woodworker’s Guild of America has many handmade gift plans you can take advantage of.

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77 Responses to “How to Make a Wooden Keepsake Box”
    • Jean Beaird
      Jean Beaird

      Very helpful, but get a speaker that is easier to hear what he is saying. Also show the cutting of the joints on the table saw.

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  1. Wayne
    Wayne

    I loaded this as a “hope to” project. I have a person in mind who will adore the Keepsake Box and use it- for sure.

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  2. Steve
    Steve

    I’ve been looking for plan for making box joint jigs. The boxes will be use to store the grandkids crayons and markers.

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  3. Heather
    Heather

    Hello! I am currently in the middle of this project, and there isn’t any instructions on routing the top of the lid. What bit is used? When do you rout the lid, after its completley finished or before? One more thing as to the base pieces. The ends are cut at 45•, do you need the base pieces longer, or are the dimensions/length of them already calculated in? I’m ready to start on the lid, so any info you can give me as soon as possible is appreciated! Thanks!!

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  4. Glenn
    Glenn

    Hello George; I am looking for the video that provides instructions on using the Box Joint / Finger Joint by using the Porter Cable Jig #4210 and the Jig Template #4213 . Please e-mail glenn_bindley@yahoo.com or Call: 316.880.2396 Thank you Glenn

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    I downloaded this object. Later on it vanished. How can I put this in the memory. E.g. iBooks. Pls. Advice. Albert
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  6. Emilio G.
    Emilio G.

    I try to download this Wooden Keepsake Box, but nothing happen. What is the matter?

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  7. Stephen
    Stephen

    On a second attempt to download the plans, I was successful in getting the plans to down load

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  8. Edward
    Edward

    I am resurrecting a failing woodshop program. This project will be an excellent addition. Anything else would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Customer Service
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      Hello. You can use a Japanese pull saw for this. The jig dimensions are detailed on the final page of the plan, and there is a video referenced in the plan that demonstrates how it is used. Hopefully these resources can help you with this jig.
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      Hello. The issue with this download has been fixed. You should now be able to download these plans. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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      Hi David. The issue with these plans has now been fixed. You should now be able to open the plans. I am sorry for any inconvenience. Let us know if you have any questions.
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  9. DAVID
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    I seem to be watching a lot of commercials? But, neither Plans or Videos will open. Can only access trailers??

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  11. flattrun
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    Hi. I’m having the same problem as everyone else. I can’t seem to download the plan. Target page doesn’t open. I’ve checked to be sure I’m logged in as a Premium member. Tried on my Android cell phone Samsung Internet, and now Microsoft Edge.

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  12. Timothjy Bopp
    Timothjy Bopp

    Is there a video on how to make the star Jig? There is a video on how to use the jig once it is made but I could not find detailed instructions on making the jig itself. I mainly need to know how to make those angled cuts in the jig board once glued to plywood base. That is not apparent to me.

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    • Customer Service
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      Hi,

      You will find the diagram on page 15 of the PDF.

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      • elliot.savitzky
        elliot.savitzky

        Hi, Yes, there is a detailed diagram on the design of the star cutting jig. However, it would be better if there was some guidance on how to cut the kerfs for the angles into which you guide the saw. Do you glue the pieces to the plywood base and then try to cut a kerf with the saw? Or is there a more efficient way to do it? thanks

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        • Customer Service
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          Hi Elliot,

          Yes it’s best to glue the guides to a base and then use a temporary straightedge clamped over the guides to cut the kerfs. Work slowly to follow the straightedge until the kerf is cut though to get the best results. Best to you as you complete your project.

          David Radtke

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