Walnut & Maple Wedding Time Capsule Box

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Project by TimBridge posted 10-22-2014 04:37 PM 1831 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey All,

I took a bit of hiatus over the hot summer because it was just too humid and sweaty in my garage to be in there for too long.

About a year ago, a few months after we got engaged, my wife informed me that she wanted to do a Time Capsule thing for part of the ceremony.

“Great! I can build the time capsule!” I remarked. I had built two other boxes just to practice and play around so I figured in the next year’s time, I would be proficient at box-ing. I then proceeded to bookmark dozens of pages with potential designs and ideas.

Of course, with life going on, the hiatus-inducing Summer heat, and my procrastination habit—I didn’t start until the first days of October. I got married on October 17th…

Anyway, here she is! This was my first time working with walnut and I really enjoyed it. I used some maple for some accenting on the lid and the splines. The simplistic design was a request of the wife. This was also my first time seriously making splines other than randomly trying it on the lid of a previous box without a jig or planning. I built a spline-cutting jig and was so nervous when cutting them because one mistake and the already-far-along box was ruined. I think the miters came out really well—they are another technique that makes me nervous because one half of a degree off and they fail to match up well. I must have cut 20 test cuts to make sure my saw was tuned correctly.

Personally, I would have liked some profiling on the lid and to have trimmed out the bottom edges to make legs but, hey, she’s the boss.

I used 1/4 inch ply for the floating bottom panel and lined the whole inside with felt. I finished it with 3 coats of 20% poly, 40% BLO, 40% Mineral Spirits and then 2 coats of paste wax.

I picked up some hardware which I’m not too fond of, seems kinda weak, but, once again, the boss decided.

I like wine but we’re no aficionados, so we asked the guy at the store. Inside we put a bottle of Revello Borolo—an Italian wine that ages well—along with two letters to each other. The box is not to be opened for ten years at which point we will read our letters from each other and drink the wine.

Thanks for reading.

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#1 posted 10-22-2014 05:24 PM

Very nice, I definitely like the maple accent in the top. I favorited a project about a year or so ago, where rctomps built an anniversary box for his daughter as a similar concept ( ). I’ve since been building one of these as the wedding gift for each of my friends that gets married.
As a matter of fact, I have one I need to do in the next 3 weeks that I haven’t even started designing. I was thinking of doing splines, like you did here.
Just don’t forget where you put the key in 10 years!

-- If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed. - Ecclesiastes 10:10

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#2 posted 10-23-2014 01:12 AM

Very nice box, I think its a great idea that more couples should do.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#3 posted 10-23-2014 04:17 PM

It looks great!

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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