Cherry wine wedding box

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Project by DaleMaley posted 04-06-2013 07:22 PM 1892 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter asked me to make her a wooden box for her wedding. At the wedding ceremony, the couple each put their love letters to each other in the box, along with a bottle of wine. One or ten years later, whatever time period the couple chooses, they open the box…read their love letters…...and drink the bottle of wine.

She also specified she wanted the box to make of cherry wood. I have only made 2 small clocks from cherry wood, so this is the 3rd item I have made from cherry wood.

I got a D in penmanship in grade school, so freehand lettering is not an option:) I bought a sign making kit from Sears which uses a 1/4” bit round end router bit. After a couple of practice runs, the lettering kit worked pretty well.

This is also the first box that I ever lined with felt. I also used a aerosol spray glue for the felt, which worked very well.

The hardware, including the cute small padlock, came from Ace hardware.

My daughter wanted the lettering done such that when the box is rested on its hinge side, on a shelf, the name is displayed correctly in that orientation. The box will not rest on its lock side very well due to the thickness of the lock.

If you want to review all the trials & tribulations I went through on making this cherry wine wedding box, see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 04-06-2013 09:38 PM

That is a nice box, I was about to note that the lettering seemed to be on the wrong orientation but you said that is how is was requested, so I was wrong.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#2 posted 04-06-2013 11:35 PM

I initially had the lettering design so it read from the hasp side.

I never thought about displaying it on a shelf….......but my daughter did….....and her idea makes sense from a display perspective.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 04:32 AM

Dale, I really like the sentiment and design. Nice work. You have mastered most of the techniques for making boxes and this work shows real craftsmanship. The suggestions below will not be useful if you are just making one or two boxes…but if you should want to make several…jigs become a time-efficient investment and make the job much easier. I find Tightbond Trim and Molding Glue to be less runny and easier to work with in box making. Keep boxing and keep posting.

May I suggest this as a band clamp idea? This as a press idea. And this as a hinge consideration. Here is one more for hinges.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 10:55 AM

Thanks for the box making tips. You are set up for mass production of boxes using your ideas.

I tried cheap band clamps in the 1980s, but they were a pain to use. Your custom band clamps I’m sure work much better than the cheap Harbor Freight ones I tried.

I have use rubber bands plus the big nail and string method on many of the small size projects I build. For example, on a fragile scroll saw clock, there are no square surfaces to use a band clamp…........but the rubber bands plus the nail/string method work great.

Thanks again for the tips.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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