wedding wine box

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Project by Rukus posted 07-28-2014 02:56 AM 3844 views 21 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

my first piece done for someone other than myself – was a bit nervous since this was a wedding present and was going to be used by the bride/groom as part of the wedding ceremony for something called a ‘wine box ceremony’, something i had not heard of prior to this. design was basically taken from others i had seen posted here (so thanks!), but didn’t want a handle on top and added 4 purpleheart hand-cut ‘nails’ (and matching mortises) to be hammered in during the ceremony (which is why you see each hole labeled A through D in pencil to be erased later, ie, so they matched up the right hole with the right nail). little holes drilled into each nail so the nails can be pulled out with wire or unbent paperclip passed through them 5-10 years from now.

walnut sides/front/back with a floating panel bottom made from quartersawn sycamore and matching quartersawn sycamore top with the bride/groom name and wedding date burned into the top. sides were rabbeted into the front/back and two white dowels were added in the ends and front/back at each corner (total of 4) to re-enforce each joint and add some contrast. everything planed to thickness, grooved, and rabbeted by hand.

finished with several coats of watco natural danish oil, wet sanded in the first few coats. that was a terrible mistake (in my mind) because i was not that careful and the sawdust/oil slurry got into the nice white dowel end grain and very much reduced the contrast I was hoping to achieve with the white dowels. lesson for next time i guess…

planned down a couple blocks of cedar for use as both cushion/’packing’ for the wine bottle and aroma inside the box.

comments welcome, thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 05:00 AM

This is a great presentation of a personalized wine bottle box. Well done, nicely crafted.

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

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#2 posted 07-28-2014 11:26 AM

Thanks Ron!

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 11:38 AM

Nice job. I like it.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 07-28-2014 11:48 AM

Thanks Roger – means a lot given the scores of beautiful boxes you’ve produced and posted!

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#5 posted 07-28-2014 07:42 PM

Beautiful! Nice work – I aspire to be able to make this kind of box someday.

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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#6 posted 07-28-2014 11:32 PM

Super nice gift. Lotsa really nice details. That lettering is incredible. You sure have a study hand.

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#7 posted 07-28-2014 11:40 PM

What a thoughtful gift! Very nice!

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#8 posted 07-29-2014 01:59 AM

thanks very much guys, much appreciated!

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#9 posted 08-07-2014 02:05 PM

very nice box! Just curious as to what exactly the wine box ceremony entails?

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#10 posted 08-09-2014 11:34 AM

very nice box! Just curious as to what exactly the wine box ceremony entails?

- emetric

Sorry for the delayed response, was out of town this past week. Thanks very much for the compliment much appreciated. A winebox ceremony involves the bride and groom putting a bottle of wine in a box along with a letter written by each of them to the other one (describing their love for each other, what makes one love the other one, etc). The couple then seals the box at the wedding and doesn’t open it for [5/10] years (depending on their preference). Then when they do open it down the road, they each read the other’s letter to them while drinking the bottle of wine. Some then get another bottle of wine, write new letters, and seal the box for another bunch of years. It’s supposed to help the couple remember why they love each other and/or got married in the first place. I’ve also heard of people opening the box prematurely if they run into marital issues as a way to help salvage the relationship.

Hope that helps!

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#11 posted 01-18-2015 09:24 AM

Awesome work!ireally want make one!!

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