I always liked creating layered boxes. Even though they have been around the scroll saw community for many years, there always seems to be some fun and new ways to make them interesting. To me, using 1/4” to 1/2” wood scraps to make the layers not only uses our small pieces of wood efficiently, but also gives us a huge variety of looks that we can achieve. Add to that different ‘weave’ patterns and the possibilities can be nearly endless. Another reason that I like this style of box is that it is very forgiving for the newer scroller that is just learning. Even if you slip off of the line a little bit, small mistakes will be barely noticeable, if at all. They are also a great way to help build your cutting skills, as following the lines becomes easier with each layer you create.
The Damask style lids for this series of boxes is also simple, yet elegant. I love cutting Damask motifs because they really make a beautiful impression and look a lot harder than they actually are. As with the sides of the boxes, these designs are pretty forgiving. Little boo-boos shouldn’t really show or take away from the overall design.
In this pattern I included two options for you. You can either finish the top of the box using the beautiful Damask motif, and perhaps add some crystal rhinestone embellishments on it, or you can add in a Monogram letter in the center to make your box personalized. This would be a wonderful idea for a wedding, anniversary or special gift for someone you love. I have included two full alphabets in the pattern – one full set of upper and lower case letters that can be cut right into the wood and a second full set of upper and lower case letters that can be used as overlays. You can choose either type of lettering to make your box personalize and unique. You can also use the letters for many other of your scroll saw projects as you see fit.
– about 5″ diameter (height varies)