Wedding Wine Bottle Box

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Project by SgtRich posted 06-19-2015 01:04 PM 1114 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend/Co-worker asked if I would build a wood box to hold a nice$ bottle of wine she was giving to another friend/Co-worker for her wedding. A bit of research, I found this wedding wine box thing was trend catching on. The idea being you give the bride/groom a bottle of wine in a box that can be secured shut, not to be opened until an anniversary.
With a few wood options shown, she chose Walnut/Maple. From there, the design, construction, and finishing was up to me.
The box was finished with a coat of BLO, followed by four coats of blond shellac, rubbed out a bit with steel wool and paste wax, and finished with two coats of paste wax.
The lid is secured shut with a #4 Brass screw on each end.
Given this was my third box ever built and only second that I have taken time to finish, I am very happy with the results.
While I won’t point out my mistakes, feel free to spot anything and then we can have a dialogue about how to deal with it in the future.

-- Every day in another opportunity to create something great.

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 06:25 PM

Nice work, Rich. you just can’t beat the Maple/Walnut combination. I really like how you chose to secure the lid, that’s a nice elegant touch.

I’ve done a couple of these in the past, and you’re right, it is a newer trend that is catching on. Homemade gifts are always the best, and plus its a nice excuse to get into the shop.

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

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#2 posted 06-20-2015 12:25 AM

Great looking wine box! I’m sure the happy couple will be even happier with it!

(Also nice to see you getting over pointing out your mistakes. Something I’m working on, also!)

-- Dean

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#3 posted 06-20-2015 02:55 AM

Very nice. How did you cut the lid off the rest of the box? Bandsaw or tablesaw?

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#4 posted 06-20-2015 10:42 AM

I like the way you bounced the light toward the camera. It also brought the shadows toward the camera and filled in the that area. Very nice project and love the quality of the first two photos. I recall that a photographer must learn to control both light and shadow and you have done that here.

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#5 posted 06-20-2015 02:09 PM

Dean, my father is a woodworker and told me long ago “never point out the flaws, most will never see them”. But in a group like this, if you see it, let’s discuss it. All in the effort to learn how someone else may have dealt with the issue.
Randy, This is only the third box I have made and table saw is the tool of choice. I want to try the bandsaw, but will have to build a sacrificial plywood box before I give it a go.
Observer, I wish I could take the credit on the photos. We have a small photo booth set up at work and I just asked the resident camera man to take a few shots.

Thank you all for the complements. The weeding was last night. I will find out how she liked it next week.

-- Every day in another opportunity to create something great.

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#6 posted 06-20-2015 02:14 PM

This is a beautiful box and is just the right thing to house the bottle of wine in. The box will be valued in and of itself.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 06-21-2015 01:44 PM

Beautiful simple, classy and elegant box. You can’t miss with walnut.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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