|Project by Ethan Sincox||posted 12-28-2006 07:12 PM||2332 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
This project was my entry for Woodcraft Magazine’s, “Think Small, Win Big” clock contest from March of 2006. It also happens to be the engagement ring box I made for my wife. I’d gone the safe route and included her when picking out her engagement ring. I knew she had very specific tastes when it came to jewelry, so I wanted to make sure she ended up with a wedding band and engagement ring she would want to wear forever.
Since I couldn’t surprise her with the ring, I decided to surprise her with the presentation of the ring. When I showed her my “clock” to get her final review before I sent the entry in to Woodcraft, it took her a minute to realize the clock opened. Once she got it opened, it took her another 15 seconds to realize the ring inside was her ring, and exactly what that meant. But I think she was pleased with both the box and the way I proposed.
As far as proposing goes, I wanted to make sure I didn’t come up with any excuses to not give it to her, so the night before I gave it to her, I woodburned the title of the piece, “It’s About Time”, and the date into the bottom of the box, pretty much insuring I gave it to her the next morning.
As far as the contest goes, I did make it as a Top 20 Finalist, but did not otherwise place. The box was photographed and included in the June 06 issue of Woodcraft Magazine.
I am absolutely my own worst critic, but the one thing I most enjoyed about the contest was to get a copy of all of the judges’ comments along with my returned entry. I like receiving proper feedback on my works, as it is a great way to learn and improve on my up-coming projects.
The box is Honduran Mahogany. It opens on simple barrel hinges and uses rare earth magnets for a closure method. I made the insert using foam and suede cloth.
Things I would change:
- I’m not a big fan of how orange the box looks. I did this box before I got into fuming; the next ring box I make with Mahogany will be fumed, as I prefer the nuttier color resulting from ammonia fuming. Anything I do now with white oak or mahogany usually gets fumed.
- The scribe lines were evidence of time running out. My original plan was to inlay a very thin line of binding along the edges; I came to a point where I could start doing that, but if I messed it up I might not have time to remake the box from scratch. So the scribe lines remained. One technique I want to start working on this next year is that type of inlay work, so that is something else I’ll incorporate into future boxes.
Stylistically, it is a fairly simple box. The novelty comes from it being a clock and an engagement ring box at the same time. I understand this, and I’m ok with it. I prefer Arts and Crafts, Eastlake, and Mission styles of furniture. I like simple foods and an uncluttered house. So naturally, my works tend to be simple and uncluttered in appearance. I’m generally more concerned with execution, technique, and wood selection. Are my joints tight? Did I sand properly and enough? Is the finish adequate for the intended use? Does the piece function as designed? Does the fabric compliment the wood selection?
My wife keeps her ring box on her desk at work so she can be reminded of that day whenever she checks to see what time it is.
(Incidently, the band in the picture was the jeweler’s first attempt at making a wedding band to go with the ring. It was whole heartedly rejected. Fortunately, Dana found a band she liked at an antique store. It was a thin band with small roses relief carved into it, and it looks great with the filigreed antique engagement ring.)
-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com