Wine Bottle Presentation Box

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Project by dbkmd posted 11-01-2015 07:29 PM 885 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I decided that I didn’t know enough about woodworking so I set about teaching myself a few things. I have some nice wood laying around from trees that have come down here on the farm over the years and I thought it might be nice to have some small things made from them. I set about to make a Wine Bottle Presentation Box and I’m pretty happy with results. So much so, in fact, that now I can’t find a bottle of wine that I think is worthy of the box. I’ll have to keep looking – and tasting!

The outside of the box is made from Oregon white oak – and i figured out how to bend it to give the top a gentle curve. I bored holes into the top so that my grapes (purpleheart veneer) would show through and I backed the veneer with another thin (1/8”) piece of oak so that the rest of the veneer is hidden.

I put in an inside box made from elm that looks like it’s almost a burl. It’s function is to align the lid of the overall box, but it can also serve as a tray to hold things like paper clips or car keys when the oak top is off. I glued in blue felt to protect the wood from the bottle at either end (covering up the closed-cell foam pads).

To finish the design I put a leaf on the top above the cluster of grapes. To make it as authentic and unique as possible I used a real piece of grapevine that I had been drying for a few years. It’s nice wood to work with and has a tight and interesting grain. I used my belt sander, mounted in a support I made several years ago, to shape the grapevine so that it would lie flat against the curved top of the box – not an easy feat. Then I cut out the leaf pattern and glued it in place.

I don’t have time or space here to list the things I learned, but I sure had fun! Hope you like it!

-- David

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#1 posted 11-01-2015 09:59 PM

That is a beautiful piece.
I would have to say….
You are a good learner!!!

Love the grapes & leaf….
Well, actually the entire box!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 11-01-2015 10:28 PM

Very cool. I hope you find the right bottle of wine – but like woodworking – sometimes you have to try many times to get it right. Keep trying? I think the box is magnificent.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 11-02-2015 12:16 AM

So cool

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#4 posted 11-02-2015 07:44 PM

The results are great,i like it.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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