Wedding wine box

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Project by Tooch posted 06-17-2016 10:00 PM 3069 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So we have a wedding to go to tomorrow, and as it been my favorite gift to give, I made the happy couple a wine box. This time I decided to use up some of the scraps of padauk I had left over from a prior project, and did one really long glue up to cut all four sides (pic 6).

When making this type of box, I like to assemble it all as one closed 6 sided box, and then cut the lid off on the table saw. I order to accommodate for the 1/8” I would lose due to TS blade kerf, I made one strip of maple slightly wider than the others (also pic6). In addition to that, I also engrave and Lacquer the top piece before assembly, so that none of the dust can penetrate into box top when I sand the sides.

The woods used for this are maple, walnut, and padauk, with pieces of sandi-ply for the top and bottom. The construction is rabbet and dado, and its finished with several coats of spray Lacquer. It was interesting the the padauk bled into the strips of maple both when sanding and when using the spray Lacquer. I’m not really sure how to avoid that…

Anyways, thanks for looking ! Questions/ comments welcome and replied to!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 06-17-2016 10:26 PM

Very lovely box. The contrasting woods you used are perfect. IMHO How was the lettering done?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 06-17-2016 10:42 PM

A Very smart looking combination of woods. A very nice gift!
I really like the lettering and I too would like to know how it was done.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 06-17-2016 11:29 PM

Great job, This is awesome! I have a weddding to go to soon might have to try and pull this off. Can you give me the dimensions you used for this please.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-17-2016 11:31 PM

Fantastic box. I’m sure the happy couple will cherish it. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 06-17-2016 11:37 PM

Sorry I forgot to add that tidbit. The lettering nd picture I side were both done with a laser engraver

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 06-17-2016 11:40 PM

Beautiful. Also interested in your method of “stamping” the made in the usa…Awesome piece!

-- Brand new to this...Trying to learn...Any help is always appreciated!!

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#7 posted 06-17-2016 11:41 PM

sorry, you answered my question before i even asked! HA

-- Brand new to this...Trying to learn...Any help is always appreciated!!

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#8 posted 06-17-2016 11:53 PM

The stamp is from Rockler , customized branding iron goes for around $80

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#9 posted 06-18-2016 12:09 AM

Beautiful wine box! I like how you combined the different woods to create the banding around the box—very nice! I’m sure the happy couple will love it—and the wine, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 06-18-2016 04:16 AM

Very nice gift

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 06-18-2016 04:49 AM

Tooch, what a fine job of craftsmanship. I like the lay up of the various woods. It is really effective and adds heaps of visual interest. If i were to quibble, it would be with your external hinges and non-45ed corners. Is there any special reason your use butt joinery on the corners?

The engraving is really well done. It adds an especially nice and personal touch. I am sure this will be a gift to be treasured and is a fine memorial to a special occasion. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 06-18-2016 09:05 AM

Marvellous mate… really marvellous…

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#13 posted 06-18-2016 11:21 AM

WOW….........excellent box and a very nice gift. One they will surely cherish!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 06-18-2016 01:13 PM

Wow! This box is absolutely beautiful. You’ve done a beautiful job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 06-18-2016 05:06 PM

Very nice wine box, and elegant build solution!
How did you do the lettering on the top?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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