Inlaid Wine Gift Box

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Project by Cozmo35 posted 02-22-2010 05:12 AM 2218 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out as a storage box for my band clamps and evolved. I deciced to pratice my inlay skills and put some walnut strips into it. By the time I finished it, my wife spotted it and said ” that looks like a bottle of wne would fit in there”. I knew right then,...I had lost my storage box. It is made from poplar with walnut strips and a piece of mahogany down the middle of the lid. I carried the lid pattern down into the bottom of the end pieces.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 05:17 AM

I don’t like it. I LOVE IT!
thanks. Looks great.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 05:26 AM

A really nice box, whatever you decide to put in it.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 05:32 AM

now that’s some box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 05:35 AM

Outstanding! – now I know what to make my brother for his birthday.

-- Sptfish, Naples, Florida,

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 05:37 AM

nice work Cosmo

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 04:58 PM

very nice color combination

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 05:41 PM

If you do use it to hold/display a bottle of wine, I do have one suggestion to keep the wine from moving around: normally larger format bottles of wine come in an individual box (not as nice as this one though!). Inside, they have a couple thin pieces of wood to hold/brace/cradle the wine bottle so it doesn’t move around. There will typically be one at the bottom, and then one that supports the neck.

I really like this box the way it is. The above suggestion is merely for anyone that is thinking about building a wine box. You certainly don’t need these inserts, but they do help the bottle from banging around during transport, and also help to keep the bottle centered if you are displaying it.

I will try to add a picture on here of one that I have at home right now so you can get an idea of what I’m talking about for those that have never seen the box inserts before.

5.0L wine box

I did not build the box pictured. This is how it comes from the winery.

I don’t have a bottle in it because the box would normallly hold a 5.0L bottle of wine (which is the equivalent of over 6.5 regular-sized bottles). This box only has the neck brace as the bottle that was in here filled out the bottom of the box and weighed over 20+pounds. Sometimes there is a similar support on the bottom though. When these braces are added, they’re usually slid into a shallow dado in the side of the box.

Sort of hard to see in the picture, but the neck brace is actually cut in half from left to right. This allows you to pull off the top half of the brace, then lift the bottle out.

You obviously wouldn’t have to dado the box, but it does help keep these in-place and more secure overall during transport… probably not a prime concern for anyone on here.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 02-23-2010 07:29 AM

wow great box and great tip

-- Simple advice is the best advice

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 03:20 PM

A box for everything I say. Nice job.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#10 posted 02-25-2010 04:23 AM

looks good man

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