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Tiger Balm Storage or Gift Box

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Fred Housel

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Fred Housel
Warren, Ohio

General Information

A coworker gave me some of this balm to help with some neck pain. It’s weird, but very awesome stuff. To return the favor I made him a storage container to keep jars in. You can recreate this with different thickness material, but I used some offcut cherry that was about 7.5mm thick.

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Cherry Wood

Cherry Wood (×4)

6" × 12" × 1/8" Cherry Wood

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1

Plan it out

5 minutes

I apologize. Like a lot of my projects, I just use what I have, so I didn’t work from a standard material size or thickness. I made my Easel files easily configurable to different thicknesses though. Be sure to read the notes on each workpiece and plan your project out accordingly. Take a pair of calipers to an actual bottle to check your measurements.

Like all of my projects, If you like these, make them! If you make them for sale, all I ask is that you credit me by linking back to this project page in all product descriptions.

2

Cut the base

5 minutes

This base will be the platform that all of the wall layers are stacked on.

3

Cut the walls

45 minutes

In the notes of this workpiece, I’ve kinda explained that you should target about 37-39mm + a thickness layer. This will give you the number of walls that will contain the jar and accept the bottom portion of the lid.

4

Cut the lid

8 minutes

Cut out the lid workpieces. In the notes of this workpiece you’ll see some assembly tips, but it’s pretty straightforward. There is a top piece and a bottom piece to the lid that need to be glued together. The bottom piece sits inside of the container (which is why you have an “extra wall piece.”

5

Glue party

20 minutes

When gluing these up, I glued two set of three wall pieces, clamped, dried, then glued the two wall piece sets and the base together… clamped and waited.

For the lid, I dropped a bit of glue on the small hexagon and visually centered it on the larger hexagon. Then I flipped the walls of the container on top and used them to help center the small hexagon on top of the larger one. After I felt that things we’re centered I clamped them to dry.

After gluing all of the pieces together, put a jar inside of the container, put the lid on, and hit all six exterior walls on a disc sander for nice flat and clean walls.

6

Put a design on the lid (optional)

15 minutes

Use the half-assed .svg I put on the project page to laser engrave the lid design.

7

Finish

After optional engraving, sand the walls with high grit paper so everything is nice and smooth. I finished mine with my favorite mineral oil and beeswax.