Keepsake Wedding Boxes

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Project by ghazard posted 07-16-2012 02:15 PM 1674 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A matching pair of his/hers keepsake boxes given to a close friend for their wedding this past weekend.

Goncalo Alves and Walnut with Yellowheart liner on one (hers) and Bloodwood liner on the other (his).

4.5” square.

I used the hot-iron-transfer-of-a-laser-print method to print on the liners.

I treated the edges differently and cut the lids to different thicknesses to tailor them to the bride and groom. I thought…scratch that…my wife thought that rounded edges and taller lid would make his more masculine than a “daintier” thin lid and chamfered corners for her. And I think that proved true.

Finish is 3 coats of Zinsser Seal Coat Shellac followed by one thin coat of satin wipe on poly. This is my first time getting to know shellac…I like it…alot. I need to get better at application and rubbing to achieve a uniform sheen. Until then…a thin coat of poly was a quick and easy way to get an even satin finish that I was after. I was really happy with the way that the single thin coat of poly went down. Poly alone would have taken 3-4 coats to look as uniform as the one coat did over the shellac.

The last picture is how we packaged them with the gift card. I am always intrigued by what the trees look like that we get our lumber from…so I include those on my gift cards.

Thanks for looking.


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 02:55 PM

This is a neat keepsake idea that I will keep in mind for the future.
Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 07-16-2012 03:34 PM

Great work, I think a hand made gift says a lot more than a store bought present, a far more personal touch. Well done you!

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 04:36 PM

Nice I will also have to keep this in mind for the future great wedding gift.

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 01:29 AM

Nice set of wedding boxes and I like the idea of including pics of the boxes’ origin.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 01:35 AM

Greg, nice idea, nice story, nice card, nice transfers, and of course a couple of nice boxes. Boxes like this sell well for wedding gifts and ring boxes if you are interested in that. Goncalo Alves top with Walnut sides on one, and Walnut top with Goncalo Alves sides on the other is a possible concept. Including pictures of the trees is a great concept for a card. Thanks for sharing that idea. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 12:27 PM

Great job!! Very nice gift.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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