Anniversary Box

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Project by Tooch posted 02-16-2015 06:05 PM 1772 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

They say that the 5th anniversary is “wood,” so this was my gift to my wife for our Anniversary last June. (NOTE: this post is extremely late… the gift was on time) I was going to get her a pile of Walnut or QSRO, but I figured that would be more of a gift to me than her…

Construction is pretty basic, although there is a lot of minor things with this piece. I used the dovetail jig made by Porter Cable for the half-blind dovetails, and my raised panel door router bits for the lid. The inside tray is removable, and sits on a thin ledge that I glued in. I wanted to add something special so I went with the paisely pattern felt for the inside lining.

The main box, lid, and tray are are Red Oak, but I went with Maple for the panel because engravings always look nicer on maple as opposed to oak. The message on the inside was a quote I found somewhere online, and the picture was taken right before we chaperoned Prom last year. Funny, I didn’t go to my senior prom with my wife, but ever since I’ve been a teacher I take her every year.

The lid is held on with hinges, although they are not pictured. I Always have problems with lids not matching up perfectly, so this time I made it slightly over-sized, clamped in on to the box, then used a flush bit on a palm router to make it fit just right. I also stole the idea of Faux Feet from Boxguy, thanks for that! I used Minwax Red Oak stain and 3 coats of wipe on poly.

Thanks for looking, as always comments/questions/suggestions/complaints are all welcome!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Marty 529

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#1 posted 02-16-2015 07:07 PM

It’s a very nice box. Especially with the writing in it. I’m sure she loves it. Beats anything store bought :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 07:09 PM

That’s a beautiful box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 02-16-2015 08:10 PM

That looks great. You are setting the bar a little to high for the rest of us for anniversary gifts. LOL Great job buddy. PS One of my buddies got his wife a chainsaw last year for anniversary.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 11:22 PM

I showed my wife this box. She said Aw, that is so sweet. I 2nd that, Well done Tooch!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 02-17-2015 07:55 AM

Beautiful piece of work with a beautiful sentiment behind it. Well done!!!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#6 posted 02-17-2015 10:49 AM

What a nice box Tooch and congrats, speaking of Anniversary’s my mom and dad’s next Traditional Anniversary Gift:
come the 26th of March this year is the Diamond.

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#7 posted 02-17-2015 01:01 PM

This is really nice. I like the design and all the gr8 details.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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