Decorative Wood Box // First Box DIY Woodworking

Decorative Wood Box // First Box DIY Woodworking

In this video, I make a decorative wood box with splines. This simple diy woodworking project makes a great gift. I’m surprised I’ve not made a box like this until now. The simple construction makes this decorative wood box a really unique gift.



I do a podcast with a couple of other YouTube makers called We Built A Thing. Look for it in the app store of your choice and give it a listen!


TOOLS & MATERIALS: (affiliate links)
Mahoney’s Walnut Oil:
Rockler glue applicator:
Table saw –
Supermax drum sander –
DeWalt planer –
Jointer – (Mine is a Grizzly, but couldn’t find a link for it)
Wood glue –
Painter’s tape –
Bandsaw (same model as mine, but mine is anniversary edition)-
Random orbit sander –


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Jason Bailey says:

Love how the figure int the wood makes it look like there are mountains in the background. First video you've released since I clicked subscribe–nice project. Looking forward to a new podcast episode later this week!

bnelson313 says:

Really nice. My favorite woodworking projects is to make custom boxes. When someone sees a box they think either “What’s in the box or “What can I put in the box!” Making a box invigorates me. I like to make slide out lids on some boxes and also I make old fashioned wooden hinges. Keep up the good work.

Made by Mitch says:

Great project Bruce! I love the grain pattern of the wood and the splines look really cool. Nice work.

Fred McIntyre says:

Nice work! 👍🏻👊🏻 …..👉🏻▶️👉🏻🔔

Gunflint Designs says:

What a classy looking project! Well done Bruce.

C Spann says:

Very good! Elegant in its simplicity. I did something like that many years ago out of a redbud tree my neighbor lady had me cut down. A year later I gave her a box like that and she was floored when I told her where the wood came from. I like the simplicity of yours and I think the look is right for a gift I want to make for a retiring coworker. One thing I would avoid is the way you glued the bottom on. Cross grain glued joints are liable to split the bottom due to changes in humidity. A floating bottom with a small amount of glue at the centerlines would be better.

paolo castellano says:

Bruce this box looks amazing, great job! 👍

Eric Commarato says:

Great video Bruce! Good to see a local boy with a successful YouTube channel! I also live in Madison. Thanks for posting!

StudioJLT says:

This was great! Red gum is so underrated.
I thought I was already subscribed, guess not; just fixed that problem 🤣

Robert J. Keller says:

Never heard of red gum before, it looks amazing.


Great looking box and project. I’ve been meaning to make a decorative keep sake box for a while now and this is great inspiration

Once Upon A Workbench says:

I may or may not be guilty of not sanding the inside of a box before gluing it up… more than once.

Evergreen Cottage says:

Great build!!

Bear Maked says:

Good lookin' box, Bruce! And you have the makings of another box already since you cut that one in two. Very smart project to take advantage of that beautiful red gum.

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