Groomsmen Gift Boxes

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Project by ZacPrunty posted 05-31-2016 08:08 PM 2182 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project post to Lumber Jocks. Looking forward to sharing my woodworking journey with the great community.

In preparation for my upcoming wedding in June, I made 4 gift boxes to give to my groomsmen who will be standing by my side on the big day. The box will house a bottle opener (to be made yet, will post when finished), and a brown leather toiletry kit. I will throw in some cedar plane shavings for some cool “packaging” material. Plus it will smell amazing!

Wood: Cedar (box) & Pine (top, bottom, & splines) – nothing special here. Went with what was most available in my area. Nice grain patterns though!

Joinery: Box Miter & Splines – new technique for me on this build. Few minor mistakes, but learned a lot from trying this out.)

Additional Techniques: Pyrography – another new technique for me. One tip I learned was to use a knife to break the wood grain along the template lines before using the iron with a fine tip. This enabled the iron to “find the line” much smoother. The result wasn’t bad considering this was my first go at it. I will be using more of this technique in the future! it was a lot of fun.

Finish: Sanded gradually to 320 grit. 3 coats of Semi-Gloss Polyeurethane, sanding lightly with 320 grit between each coat.

Hope you like them! Cheers!

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 08:15 PM

Nice boxes, beuatiful wood grain. I like the way it opens.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 08:18 PM

They came out great and make an excellent groom’s gift for the guys that will stand by your side in your moment of need ;) Just kidding. Congrats on the nuptials! Hope you both have a great day and a wonderful life together.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 11:42 PM

Great looking set of boxes! I’d love to receive one of these, as a groomsman, and I’m sure your guys will really appreciate them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 06-01-2016 05:45 AM

Zac, nice job and a nice set of gifts. How thoughtful of you to make personal gifts for your groomsmen. They may well become treasures for a lifetime. Nice tip about cutting a line first.

If you are interested, here are a couple of tips about finish and sliding lids. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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