Wine Blessing Box

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 01-02-2015 05:52 AM 1056 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A co-worker/friend knew that I was a woodworker and asked me if I could make her a “Wine Blessing Box”. I said “sure what is it :) ?” She said it is a box that can hold a bottle of wine, two glasses and has a lockable drawer. Prior to the wedding ceremony the bride and groom write a love letter to each other and seal it up without letting the other see it. Then during the wedding ceremony they place the love letters inside the drawer and lock it. At some pre-determined anniversary date (for example 5 or 10, years) they will unlock the drawer and read each others letter and have a glass of wine together to celebrate. I thought this was a great idea and felt honored at the request. She did not have a specific design in mind and told me to use my imagination. As long as it could hold a bottle of wine and had a lockable drawer she would be happy. I thought about this for awhile and came up with the design you see in the picture. The hearts with the names on the doors were scrolled in 1/2” California Red oak. The rest of the box was done in 3/4” oak. I stained it with Minwax Early American and finished it with clear lacquer. I used earth magnets embedded in the doors and the frame to keep the doors closed. I learned a lot in the build process. My friend was very happy with the final product. I have made one other since this build and modified the design so the wine bottle lays down.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 02:20 PM

That’s a very nice gift and a great job on the build. I would probably loose the key before it was time to unlock it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 05:20 PM

Funny you would say that. I thought about that when I was building it. I put a tea cup hook inside behind one of the wine glasses so you could hang the key there. Since the doors don’t lock you can get to it anytime.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 08:34 PM

That is some beautiful work and a really nice idea. Smart thinking on the key hook :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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