Anniversary Gift Box

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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 11-06-2017 06:29 AM 836 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I just celebrated 15 years of wedded bliss. As this was a Milestone Anniversery, it seemed fitting to splurge and really let her know how much she truly means to me. I spent many restless nights thinking of the perfect gift. I wanted this to mean a great deal to her. I finally settled on the perfect gift. The gift was something that would truly express far more than I could ever put into words. I decided that I would get her the 3HP SawStop with the 52” rip capacity that she had so desperately been yearning for.

Oh, wait. No. Sorry. (Actually, hon, if you read this, take the hint…). Really, It did not take me long to decide exactly what to get her. In fact, like most of the best presents that I have ever given her, she told me exactly what to get her.

My wife has this thing that she does. You know how there is a list of what each year’s anniversery is supposed to be from a gift perspective? For instance, the gifts in the first year should be paper… Well, my wife’s list is a little different. According to her, every year is the year of the diamond. I really need to get my hands on that list…

In reality, while the year of the diamond thing has been a running joke for 15 years now, I don’t generally give her expensive jewelry. In fact, since we figured out early in our marriage that you eventually have to pay for the things that you purchase with credit cards, we have actually both been very frugal in our gift giving. Things have been good financially for us for a while, and I was fortunate enough to be able to get her something to WOW her.

Now, on to the important part. Yes, I was giving her something sparkly (that she pointed out and told me to get…That’s the key to a happy marriage for all you younger gents…), but I wanted to do something that would make it a little more personal.

I wanted to present the ring to her (by the way, I had mischievously convinced her that it wasn’t going to happen…) in a box that I made. She has been very patient and even supportive of my woodworking obsession, and I wanted to use what little skill I have gained to make her a box for her new ring.

I made the simple box out of cherry. I routed rabbets along the botttom of the 4 sides to accept the bottom, and then routed rabbets along one side of each piece so that each would fit into the rabbet of the next. I finished the simple box with cherry danish oil after sanding to 320. I built an oversized lid that would also serve as a base for display. I also wrapped the lid with mitered pieces to frame it out. Finally, I wrapped some cotton stuffing with simple fabric and tied it all off with a ribbon to hold the ring.

I wrapped the box up in a ton of cardboard and wrapping paper to throw her off as to what it contained. I can tell you, even though she told me what to get, I was still nervous until she opened the box and I could tell from her expression that not only was she very surprised, she was thrilled. I am not sure that she even noticed the box, but I will always know that I added a little something else.

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#1 posted 11-06-2017 07:02 AM

looks good, she should be very happy with the ring and the box…..burning the midnight oil …:)

-- Sean

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#2 posted 11-08-2017 07:04 AM

Thanks! I seem to be spending a lot of time on LJs late these days… Insomnia. No fun.

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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