Wedding Crown Case

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Project by jumbojack posted 07-26-2014 06:57 AM 1588 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to build this crown box for a lady who’s niece is to be married soon. She wanted it as a wedding shower gift. The box is some maple that has been in my shop for years. The finger joints we cut using another new build a finger joint jig. Ill post pics of it someday. The Olive wood (from Jerusalem) lid is held fast with one of my favorite clasps; the rare earth magnet. The cross is put together with dad’s and was cut from Sapele..It is held to the back of the box with two screws. The interior has 1/2” of batting and is lined with satin. This was perhaps the most daunting aspect of the the build. Just going into a fabric store was a first for me. I mortised the hinges in using a chisel this time. I have been using a little flush trim router to do this task, but it was set up for another job and I was reluctant to. Change it out.
The lid has 1/8” Window glass silicone to a rabbit inside the lid.
The wedding crowns will hang from the cross and be overlapped.
I used three coats of Watco and a couple layers of Johnson wax to finish it all off.
Thanks for looking.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 07-26-2014 07:05 AM

This is refined and beautiful work on so many levels, especially for a bull in a china shop!! Your box joints are perfect, and the sensibility displayed is impressive to say the least. Beautiful.

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#2 posted 07-26-2014 01:14 PM

Nicely executed and it will be cherished for many years!

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#3 posted 07-26-2014 07:35 PM

Looking very good. Nice build.

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 12:34 AM

Very nicely done!

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#5 posted 07-27-2014 02:03 AM

I saw a home movie of an Orthodox wedding in which a buddy of mine was the best man. It was very cool to see how he and the Maid of Honor held the crowns over the Bride and Grooms heads during the service. He said that his arms where just about ready to give out by the end. What a cool tradition.

So appropriate to have a beautiful box to keep the wedding crowns revered for a life time and beyond.

You did a beautiful job, worthy of such a noble purpose.

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#6 posted 07-27-2014 02:33 AM

In many Orthodox church weddings the crowns are held above the heads of the betrothed. Just as many; the crowns are worn. The Greeks for instance wear a crowns made of wire and decorated with ribbon and flowers. The crowns are retained and displayed on their icon wall. While I don’t think my customer is greek they will be using the Greek style crowns.

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#7 posted 07-28-2014 02:13 AM

Very nice, Jack!!

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#8 posted 08-02-2014 04:56 AM

Man, that looks amazing! The finish is perfect, and the craftsmanship is outstanding. Great job on it Jack. How long did that take to complete?

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#9 posted 08-02-2014 05:24 AM

Thanks scoobydooo, mind you it has been over 100 degrees here for the last two weeks. It took about a week. I usually work from about 8 till noon. Milled the lumber and let it sit for a week. Then cut to final size. It all went together pretty fast, until I got to the lining. That took a couple of days figuring how to do it, I’ve never worked with fabric before. That Olive wood was expensive so I took my time as it was all I had. All in all the build was straightforward. Hinges are always a challenge but I am getting better and faster at it. Precision is the key for every aspect of the process. The lady was very kind and gave me a fairly fat tip for the rush job.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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