50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #5: Project 5 - A ring box for Valentine's

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 02-19-2019 08:40 PM 310 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My lovely wife of almost 27 years was kind enough to pick out her Valentine’s present this year, saving me from the brain strain of coming up with something. So, I thought I could at least make the gift box!

Offcuts laying around the shop were planed to 1/4” thick and stacked up in alternating layers of maple, sapele, cherry, and walnut. My one miss in gluing up the blank was not thinking about how I would be removing a layer to separate the top from the bottom, so the finished box has an interruption in the layer pattern. I’m also not thrilled with the drill and chisel method of making the slot for the ring, but it looked pretty good with the ring in it. Anyone have ideas for a different way to make a ring slot in the bottom post-turning?

Quick and fun project, and very much appreciated by my wife.

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