Wine Box Xmas Gift

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 12-29-2014 03:08 AM 2126 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was finally given to a dear friend today for her Christmas gift. She’s a single mom who rarely has any time to relax. She recently moved into a new apartment with a nice big soaking tub. So I decided to get her a nice bottle of wine along with some gift cards to a couple of her favorite stores. But I needed a way to present the items without using a traditional gift bag or wrapping paper.

Having recently purchased an Incra I-Box Jig and having used it to make some simple box joints I felt it was time to try my hand at some splined, center-keyed box joints. I had on hand a nice piece of walnut that had deep rich color, some soft maple, and several longer narrower pieces of jatoba. The I-Box Jig made short work of the joints and splines. The real work came when I had to get the splines in the corners to fit and look right with the sliding door front. I wanted to make certain the joint was barely noticeable so patience was the order of the day.

After I completed the box I decided I wanted to personalize it for her with a monogram. A Google search revealed numerous monogram generators But one jumped out for me. One of her favorite movies is The Great Gatsby and when the movie was released they had a monogram generator that created the center circle with her initials, AH. I then found the rest of the design among other pictures of the movie poster. I cut the inlay from some leftover 10-mil paper backed birdseye maple veneer. Finally with a combination of router, chisel, and X-acto knife, I created the recesses for each of the 12 individual pieces. Finish is several coats of Formby’s Tung Oil Finish (low gloss).

I think she liked it because she told me, Best Christmas Gift ever!

Thanks for looking

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 03:27 AM

excellent work pat

the monogram is striking
and the corners are a nice touch
never seen them before

well done

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 03:29 AM

Thank you David. I consider that high praise coming from you.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 05:32 AM

Pat that is just beautiful! You are not only an excellent craftsman, but a man with a warm and generous heart. I commend you sir!

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#4 posted 12-29-2014 06:00 AM


It is obvious that a great deal of time and talent went into the making of that box!


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#5 posted 12-29-2014 01:42 PM

Beautiful work!

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#6 posted 12-29-2014 03:37 PM

Nice one Pat. Good looking work on the inlay.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 12-30-2014 12:44 AM

Great looking wine box! I love that monogram, and I’m sure she just loves it!

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#8 posted 12-30-2014 05:22 AM

Stellar !!!

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#9 posted 12-30-2014 06:47 PM

Gorgeous – What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Well done!

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#10 posted 12-30-2014 09:51 PM

Very elegant. Luv all those wood combos, and the gr8 extra details you’ve incorporated. Super nice.

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