Octagon Pinstripe Card Box for Wedding

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Project by Pick posted 10-04-2011 05:09 AM 1617 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey there Jocks- just posting a little quickie project I did last week.

My best friend’s sister was getting married, and I was really disappointed with my choices of gifts from the registry. I asked my buddy if they had anything to put the cards in at the wedding reception, he said no, so I told him I had it covered.

I found out that the accent color at the wedding would be purple. I knew I had a little purple heart lumber laying around, and I struggled with what to use for the rest of the box. I remembered that I had squirreled away a few boards of curly maple a few years ago- so I went and picked those out. I picked out two boards with interesting figure, including some little light brown flecks in the wood, almost like spalting, but not.

I started by dimensioning my maple to 1/2” thick, and the milling up some purpleheart strips 1/8”x1/2”. I edge glued those onto the maple, and then surfaced the maple down to just over 3/8” Then I beveled the long edges of the boards to 22.5 degrees, added some dadoes for the top and bottom, and went on to assembly. Assembly went well, I did some sanding, cut the top of the box off, and then oiled with danish oil. Buffed it and buffed some more. More danish oil. More buffing. Done.

Before I assembled the box, I laminated some purpleheart veneer onto maple from Certainly Wood in my vacuum press and then took it to a friend’s place where we did the CNC work on the lid. is their website if you ever need neat stuff. Nice guys to deal with.

The bride and the groom were really excited about the piece when they saw it.

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 08:06 PM

Very nicely done. The purple heart top really makes the lettering ‘pop’ and nice choice of font as well.


-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 02:11 PM

Very Nice!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, D[email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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