Spice Box & Spoon

Matthew Cremona

Matt will show you how to make a beautiful spice box featuring a glass lid with numerous bins and custom carved spoon for storing and using your favorite spices. This box is multifunctional and can be configured for various uses other than holding spices such as teas, jewelry, or watches. To kick things up, we'll also explore several variations on the design such as solid wood panels, custom veneered panels, and locking hardware.

Measures 11 1/2"W x 11 1/2"L x 3 7/8"H

  • 16 lessons
  • 259 min
  • $79.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Introduction

    We kick things off by taking a look at the sketchup model

  2. Lumber Selection & Stock Prep

    We layout the parts onto our lumber and break it all down into usable stock.

  3. Bevel Cut Sled

    We make a crosscut sled to use on the table saw for making all of the bevel cuts in this project

  4. Case Joinery

    We make the bevel cuts and grooves to construct the main case of the box and get it glued up.

  5. Spline Sled

    We make a spline cutting sled for the table saw to make running our box on its corner over the blade super easy.

  6. Splines

    We make some machine cut and hand cut spline slots and fill those slots with a contrasting splines.

  7. Alternative: Veneered Panel

    We make a custom veneered panel using commercially sliced veneer.

  8. Alternative: Solid Panel

    We take a look at many different variations of a solid panel such as a beveled panel, raised panel, and flat panel.

  9. Alternative: Prefinishing

    We get the alternatives box assembled and take a look at how a little prefinishing can go a long way.

  10. Lid & Interior Boxes

    We jump back into construction by slicing off the lid and getting started on the interior boxes

  11. Interior Boxes

    We finish up the interior boxes by adding their splines and bottoms

  12. The Glass Lid

    We finish up construction of the box by installing the glass and hinging the lid.

  13. Alternative: Hardware

    We take a look as some alternative hardware options and install wax cast vintage hinges and a half mortise lock.

  14. Finishing

    We apply a wiping varnish finish to bring the wood to life!

  15. Spoon Carving

    We carve a small spoon for the spice box.

  16. Wrap Up

    We take care of a few small details and finish up the project!

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What will I learn?

  • Three Dimensional Part Layout
  • Continuous Grain Wrap
  • Splined Mitered Joinery
  • Table Saw Sled Construction
  • Vacuum Bag Veneering
  • Solid Panels
  • Butt Hinge Installation
  • Half-Mortise Lock Installation
  • Wiping Varnish Application
  • Spoon Carving

What will I need?

Note: This is not a required list of tools. This is simply what I used during the build. Remember, there are always multiple ways to accomplish a task so if you don’t have one or more of these tools, you can very likely still make this project.


  • 3 BF of 4/4 Hardwood Species 1
  • 3 BF of 4/4 Hardwood Species 2
  • 1/4 sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 11″ x 11″ x 1/8″ glass


  • Planer/Jointer (alternatives: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
  • Bandsaw
  • Tablesaw (with dado stack)
  • Router
  • Drum Sander (Nice to have for making spline stock)
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Drill
  • Hand Tools – Chisels, Dovetail Saw
  • 45°  Chamfer


About Your Instructor:

Matthew Cremona

Matt is a classic log to furniture woodworker. In 2017 he made his own bandsaw mill and uses it to create massive slabs for himself and other woodworkers to turn into beautiful furniture. He started his YouTube channel in 2014 and has a large and dedicated following. His woodworking style ranges from modern to classic reproductions.

Matt has been a Guild instructor since 2016 and a co-host of the Wood Talk podcast since 2016. He travels to teach periodically at local Guild meetings as well as woodworking events like Woodworking in America.