Wedding card box

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Project by DickB posted 04-14-2012 02:18 PM 3131 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by a family member to make a wedding card box. This is the design that I came up with. It features a basket weave pattern carved in pine using a CarveWright machine. The sides are mitered and joined with biscuits. The top edge of the sides are rabbeted and the top panel dropped into place. The bottom is Baltic birch, secured with a slot on one end and a lock on the other. Finish is clear satin lacquer.

-- Dick,

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#1 posted 04-14-2012 03:47 PM

I really like it. That weave pattern is really cool.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#2 posted 04-14-2012 05:14 PM

All the aesthetic beauty of weave without the downside of not being air-tight

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 02:37 AM

I had not heard of CarveWright, just assumed you had woven slats. I wager your way went much faster and more evenly. Very nice exterior, what was the finish used? Bare, or some stain to get the reddish flecks?

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 01:23 PM

It took about an hour and twenty minutes to carve each side. No stain, just clear satin lacquer. The carving reveals the patterns in the pine.

-- Dick,

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#5 posted 08-30-2012 05:42 AM

Beautiful! Do you gave to use soft woods with a CarveWright? Noticed my local Lowes was selling its demonstrator for $600 something. But I wonder if a lot tech problems and costly additional accessories come with the bargain?

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#6 posted 08-30-2012 01:28 PM

You can carve and cut soft and hard woods with the machine. I often use oak and hard maple, also have used hickory.

The spindle originally used a quick-change chuck and bit adapters, which was problematic and has been replaced with a more conventional setup. An upgrade kit is available. I would recommend it if the Lowes machine has the old one and factor that into your decision.

There are software and hardware add-ons, but you can do a lot with the basic machine. If you can maintain your own equipment – for example, change brushes in a motor – the machine is right for you. It is otherwise costly to ship it back to the factory for something like that. A key accessory is a dust collection system. Strangely, the maker doesn’t make a provision for or offer one, but there are several after-market versions, and many of us owners have made our own. A good dust collector goes a long, long way to make this machine reliable and reduce maintenance.

-- Dick,

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