Another wedding, another wine box

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Project by Tooch posted 10-15-2016 03:07 AM 558 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My buddy is getting married tomorrow, so I figured it was a good excuse to try out the new CNC Shark that we purchased for our Tech Ed Dept. Similar to previous designs, I engraved the lid and underside of the lid with the happy couple’s name and picture. The new addition was the carved set of rings on the front (picture 2).

I changed it up a bit and used cherry sidewalls with maple ply top/bottom. It was the First time I used cherry on an entire project and I must say I absolutely love it. I think the carving turned out pretty good, too.

Finished with multiple coats of spray lacquer, and just in a Nick of time. Thanks for looking, comments/questions/complaints all welcome!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 10-15-2016 03:28 AM

A beautiful gift Tooch! I love the lettering! I bet your having all kinds of fun with that CNC machine!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 10-15-2016 03:35 AM

Very nicely done sir. They should love it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-15-2016 03:47 AM

That is truly wonderful. Very nicely done.

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#4 posted 10-15-2016 05:45 AM

For me, this is the ultimate combination of traditional woodworking and new technology… well done mate..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 10-15-2016 05:54 AM

Wow that looks great. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 10-15-2016 08:17 AM

Very nice box and carving. I like the message inside.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-15-2016 08:46 AM

Tooch, I like your project. The lettering and inside picture are very well done. The carving is an especially nice touch. The finger lift works well with this design. You have done an excellent job of tastefully integrating the CNC technology with more traditional woodworking. This is a great job.

Although they are perfectly serviceable, the half lap corner joints don’t do justice to the superior quality of the rest of this project. 45s with some type of horizontal or vertical spline arrangement would showcase the beautiful grain of the cherry you used. Even doweling or pegging the corners of the box would up the look.

Each of us is entitled to an individual opinion of what looks good in the boxes we build. What you have created is certainly beautiful, and will clamp up well as you build it. This is a wonderful gift that Matthew and Heather will surely prize through the years. It has a nice message on the inside. In the real world, we all deal with time restraints. A more complex joint takes more time. All that said…

This is a look that appeals to my eye. You are entitled to what works for you. Great job. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 10-15-2016 10:44 AM

Another awesome project -I was wondering what program you use to create the 3D rings on the front of the box. I have a CNC Shark and am considering this as an option in the future.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 10-15-2016 11:58 AM

WOW. That is a beautiful box, Tooch!! I love how the CNC can really enhance a project.

Thanks for sharing!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 10-15-2016 01:09 PM

Thanks Monte, Bob, Jim, Hoss, and Ivan for the nice comments.

Larry, Its great to finally get the CNC up and running. Integrating the carving and the laser work to a project like this takes a lot of extra time, while still planning accordingly for cutting off the lid after glue-up, attaching hinges, etc.

Tony the CNC machine is definitely a major addition, but right now the fun is matched with headaches! so much to learn with the software, luckily I am able to find lots of tutorials on YouTube.

Bill I have been using the V-Carve software from NextWave Automation. it has some of the 3D clipart objects already loaded and the rings (luckily) happened to be one of them. After doing a few test pieces I decided to add the bowl shape around the rings, otherwise they didn’t show up very well.

Al I was chuckling to myself after reading your comment, because I knew when posting that you were going to get on me about using 45s opposed to the rabbets that I went with. I promise, one day, I will make another attempt at 45s. unfortunately, that day was not this past week. :-P

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#11 posted 10-15-2016 01:17 PM

A gift fit for royalty ,outstanding design ,it looks fantastic.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 10-15-2016 01:51 PM

I almost wish I was getting married just to receive the wine box. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 10-15-2016 01:59 PM

What an outstanding wine box and so beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 10-16-2016 05:43 AM

Tooch, your remarks made me smile. Thanks for responding in such good humor. You have created a wonderful gift for your friends. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 10-16-2016 08:44 PM

Very gorgeous box.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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