|Project by dbkmd||posted 11-01-2015 07:29 PM||610 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
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!