Card box for wedding

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Project by RHaynes posted 09-15-2015 04:57 AM 1504 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a card box for my little sister who is getting married this weekend. It is red maple, reclaimed from a shed my wife’s parents had on their property, built 40 years ago from rough, local lumber outside Pittsburgh. I resawed it to 5/8” and joined the box with hand-cut dovetails. The bottom is 1/4” maple plywood set in a rabbet. The base and lid are mitered frames (I had to build a 45-degree miter shooting board during this build to get the joints perfect), from pieces milled down to 3/4” square. The lid is 1/4” maple plywood set in a groove, with an engagement picture transferred onto the wood from a laser jet print. Finish is 4 coats of brushed on lacquer, then rubbed with paste wax and buffed out. Two simple hinges mortised into the box and lid mount the lid to the box. I left some of the old nail holes to keep the character of the wood, and picked one oiece that had some nice spalting streaks in it. I even got lucky and got one of the old nail holes at the end of a dovetail for a cool black streak through the end grain. Most of the work was done with hand tools – all the round overs, smoothing, and rabbets were done with planes and chisels. Obviously, a very special build for me. Every minute spent on it was a real joy. I hope ya’ll like it.

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#1 posted 09-15-2015 09:11 AM

Beautiful box! Those dovetails looks great. I wouldn’t mind even if nail hole is visible – makes it kind of rustic.This photo is nice detail on top – makes it more personal.
I’m building simillar project – ’’weding cards box’’ for my brother in law also. It will be my next post tommorow.

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 02:15 AM

I like it.

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