How to Make an Intarsia Santa Picture Box – DIY Woodworking Intarsia Project



I built this Intarsia Santa Picture Box for the 2012 Christmas Box Build Off contest over at A Simple Design of Ocala. It’s made from a single cedar board and pine. I will store our family’s pictures with Santa in it. Merry Christmas!
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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the shop
A woodworker was stirring, and he couldn’t stop;
The lumber was stored by the tablesaw with care,
In hopes that enough board feet would be there;
The planer was planing the boards to thickness,
While the woodworker envisioned a plan in his head;
The table saw hummed as it cut to rough length,
The 3HP motor provided plenty of strength,
When ripping to width the fence did not a clatter,
A push stick he used because he knows safety matters.
Next came some dados, kerfs cut in a flash,
Where top and bottom panels would soon be stashed.
The sides cut to length at 45 degrees
Sawdust in the air gave cause for a sneeze,
To the woodworker’s eyes no gaps should appear,
Blue tape for a clamp and glue thinly smeared,
With a little old printer, the template prints quick,
His first intarsia will be old St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles he cuts out each shape,
And he sliced, and carved, and labeled them by name;
“Now, eyebrows! now, moustache! now, beard and cheeks fat!
Then, Nose! Then eyes! and, warm Santa hat!
To the scrap bin at once! to pick color and grain!
Now spray away! spray away! Adhesive is aimed!”
As templates adhere to the wood underneath ,
When they meet with the scroll saw, the shapes are released,
A moustache is trimmed from a white piece of pine.
A fuzzy beard soon follows in the nick of time.
And then, in a twinkling, a dry fit is done
Wood Santa is revealed bringing great fun.
The drum on the drill press was spinning around,
Sanding and shaping both came with a bound.
He was made of all wood, from his hat to his beard,
And his eyes were both painted, the glue-up was near;
The box was prepared with patience and care,
Hand sanded and fitted, the wood was still bare.
His eyes — how they twinkled! his eyebrows so merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The mist of spray lacquer floated through the cool air,
And landed so smoothly not one run was there;
The look on his face and the fit of the lid,
Soon gave me to know a good job I did;
He spoke not a word, as I measured twice,
And cut some red felt; the fit was quite nice,
And what should one keep in a box such as this,
Pictures of Santa of course with all of us kids;
And the woodworker exclaimed, as he cleaned his shop with might,
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!

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