Engagement Ring Box

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Project by MDots posted 07-03-2017 12:21 PM 1068 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a commission project for one of my colleagues in the costume shop.

She wanted a nice compact box, but didn’t want any visible metal hardware. I made inset hinges out of the same stock as the splines.

She chose the woods, and we ended up going with Patagonian rosewood for the body, and purpleheart for the hinges and splines.

I am a little unhappy with the level of fit and finish. I feel that I could have gotten my joints a little tighter, and gotten rid of some of the wiggle in the hinge, but time was of the essence. She and her FiancĂ© seemed quite pleased with it, though, so I guess it can’t have been as unpolished as I thought it was.

I think I went through about half a dozen prototypes before I was able get one I liked enough to use the final wood.

I came into a whole mess of former exotic hardwood floorboards that mill down to about 3/8”, so I might end up making a few more of these in different flavors in case any of my other friends want to get married!

Edit – got a picture from my friend with the box filled!

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#1 posted 07-04-2017 03:34 AM

Nice box and you made it the exact specs!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-04-2017 10:32 AM

Beautiful ring box. Now you have to fill it with some rock.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-04-2017 12:32 PM

I love this ring box. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 07-04-2017 12:41 PM

Very nice, rustic but elegant, a few tweaks would satisfy about 99% of the jewelry buyers who don’t like the cheap fake leather boxes the jewelry stores provide. (I worked in a jewelry store for 10 years, we always had customers asking for different boxes). Easy to customize this design by using different woods, different finishes, different types of lining, and maybe even personalized with carved, burned, or painted initials/names/dates. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 07-04-2017 08:33 PM

I bet I could build a jig to crank out a few of these and see if any of the local jewelry places want them.

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#6 posted 07-07-2017 07:25 PM

If you want to try marketing them to the jewelry stores I would suggest you focus on the independent stores (locally owned) not the chain stores (Jared, Kay, Zales, etc.). The chain stores buy all they boxes in bulk at the corporate level – the store managers have no control over it. The locally owned stores can offer your boxes as a customizable option that the chain stores can’t match. Keep your prices low because the jewelers will either be marking up the price to make a profit or offering them free with a large purchase – if you can keep them happy with these boxes you might get some larger jewelry box commissions from them. Good luck if you try this.

-- Leafherder

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