What Would I Give as a Wedding Gift, You Ask?

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Project by Don posted 08-27-2007 09:02 AM 4967 views 15 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week my dear wife told me in no uncertain terms that since I love small wooden boxes so much, it only made sense to give a box as a wedding gift to friends who are getting married.

Well, I was in no mood to argue, but I really didn’t want to interrupt my creative justices on this box, and a couple of times I went into my shop with every intention to start a new box but ended up tinkering with the one that was already in process.

So yesterday, I finally got off my duff and started the wedding gift. I am using Australian Blackbutt as the primary wood. I’ve used it before and wrote about the wood here. This is wood left over from that project.

The design is quite simple. The box walls are 1/2” thick Blackbutt, and the top and bottom is 3/8” Huon Pine. The dimensions are 10.5” x 6.5” x 4.25”. The lid is hinges with wedged dowels, and the bottom of the box floats in a rebate held in place by bamboo strung from front to back on both ends of the box. This idea is a continuation of the wedges used in my Joinery Comp entry. This joinery method will allow the solid bottom piece to expand up to 1mm in both directions.

I used Dovetail joints for the box, but did not concern myself with the knots and pitch holes that interfered with the dovetails. I had to cut the top row of dovetails off as they crumbled when being cut through some wood that lacked integrity.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 08-27-2007 09:49 AM

Don, that is a spectacular box and what I aspire to.
Blackbutt is such a beautiful timber, it reminds me of English Yew to an extent. (Should we tell these Jocks that we use it for flooring here?)


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 08-27-2007 11:31 AM

Hey Don;

I like how you have the bottom! Great idea.

You can add to your quote:

“and large wooden toothpicks. LOL

Very nice work Don.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 08-27-2007 11:43 AM

Close, Lee; they are meet skewers.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 08-27-2007 11:50 AM

Beautiful box, Don! The knotty exterior might give the casual observer the idea that the box is simple, but it has your usual intricacy and thoughtfulness in the details. Great work!

-- Robb

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#5 posted 08-27-2007 12:22 PM

Don I love small wooden boxes, I think you should get off your butt more often as that is a nice box, a gift that will be treasured ~ well done grandfather !!!


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#6 posted 08-27-2007 12:47 PM

and the “lid opener” very unique. What a beautiful gift.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 08-27-2007 01:11 PM

Well done, it looks great. And your photography skill are not missed either.
Did you cut the dove tails by hand?
”..might give the casual observer the idea that the box is simple..” being new to the finer side of this wood cutting thing, I am finding that nothing is as simple as it looks.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#8 posted 08-27-2007 01:18 PM

Gosh, Don., I wish I was getting married again just so I could have one of your neat boxes. That is a dandy!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 08-27-2007 01:55 PM

Very nice box.

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#10 posted 08-27-2007 02:05 PM


Don’t ask me why, but I suspected that you might make a box to give as a wedding gift.

Beautiful work and wood!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 08-27-2007 03:08 PM

Great Box Don. You wrote about dovetails but these joints look like box joints.

Did you replace the one with the other?

Very unique bottom attachments

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 08-27-2007 03:21 PM

I love looking at your boxes. Each one is so unique. And each one has little things in it that make me look at as much detail as I can get in the pictures you submit. The skewers, the knots, the handles… I’m sure glad I stumbled in here when i did, because, there is no way I could look at all of these pictures now that there are almost 2500 projects at an average of 3 pictures per entry, that’s 7500 pictures I’d have to look at and then there would be no time to play in the shop.

Thanks for the privelage.

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#13 posted 08-27-2007 03:24 PM

I love the handle or knob or whatever it is that you would like to call it. Very inventive.

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#14 posted 08-27-2007 04:52 PM

That’s a lovely box. The DTs look suspiciously like box joints though.
Really pretty work. I should make a few more boxes but the LOML gets on me more for boxes than pens.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#15 posted 08-27-2007 08:26 PM

Love the handle! This is a true artistan’s box!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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