|Project by Matt||posted 04-24-2016 12:56 AM||1052 views||8 times favorited||7 comments|
This is the ring box I built for my wife and my wedding ring on our wedding day. I was trying to come up with a design I had never seen before when I came up with the idea of inlaying strips of wood across a box that would be pre-built. I started to draw this out only to realize it would be very difficult to get the angles right on all four sides to make it to where the inlays would meet up and look like they were all in the same plane.
Then I thought…well, why not just take a big block of wood and cut right through it several times placing wood strips through every time! And so it was done! The trick to this approach was gluing back the pieces to make sure the strips in line on all 4 sides once you cut. This made gluing back the odd angles interresting!!!
I used my 10” table saw to make the cuts and since the blade is just shy of 1/8”, that gave me the perfect cut width to be able to cut the block, sand both sides flat, and put a 1/8” thick strip between the two halfs.
After the block was completed, I cut it in half and hollowed out the inside using a router.
The hinge was inspired by a hinge I saw inlayed on lumberjocks and my initial plan was to inlay the hinge, but once I made a prototype hinge and saw what it looked like on the exterior of the box, I really liked the look, so I kept it on the outside. The picture angle makes it difficult to really see it, but the hinge is supposed to be somewhat of a heart.
The box is made from tiger maple, purpleheart, and cherry. I finished it with tung oil/boiled linseed oil/poly 1/3 parts each.
All in all I am pleased with the results (and most importantly my wife loved it!).
Thanks for looking and God bless!!!