|Project by Rukus||posted 07-28-2014 02:56 AM||2471 views||19 times favorited||11 comments|
my first piece done for someone other than myself – was a bit nervous since this was a wedding present and was going to be used by the bride/groom as part of the wedding ceremony for something called a ‘wine box ceremony’, something i had not heard of prior to this. design was basically taken from others i had seen posted here (so thanks!), but didn’t want a handle on top and added 4 purpleheart hand-cut ‘nails’ (and matching mortises) to be hammered in during the ceremony (which is why you see each hole labeled A through D in pencil to be erased later, ie, so they matched up the right hole with the right nail). little holes drilled into each nail so the nails can be pulled out with wire or unbent paperclip passed through them 5-10 years from now.
walnut sides/front/back with a floating panel bottom made from quartersawn sycamore and matching quartersawn sycamore top with the bride/groom name and wedding date burned into the top. sides were rabbeted into the front/back and two white dowels were added in the ends and front/back at each corner (total of 4) to re-enforce each joint and add some contrast. everything planed to thickness, grooved, and rabbeted by hand.
finished with several coats of watco natural danish oil, wet sanded in the first few coats. that was a terrible mistake (in my mind) because i was not that careful and the sawdust/oil slurry got into the nice white dowel end grain and very much reduced the contrast I was hoping to achieve with the white dowels. lesson for next time i guess…
planned down a couple blocks of cedar for use as both cushion/’packing’ for the wine bottle and aroma inside the box.
comments welcome, thanks for looking.