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Last wine box of 2016

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Project by Tooch posted 12-31-2016 01:19 PM 1357 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for a friend of mine who was getting married yesterday. It is made from walnut and maple plywood, and stays true to the standard box design of my previous wine box gifts (much to the chagrin of Boxguy Al). I was really hoping to attempt 45° corners on this one, but was totally swamped with making Christmas gifts so I went back to the old reliable rabbet & dado construction.

I used our CNC to mill out the 2 rings on the front, and laser engraver to put the lettering and picture on the lid. I like to glue up the 6 pieces all as one, then cut the lid off on the table saw so it matches up perfectly. The faux feet and lid lift were created using the router table, and done after glue up. The “Confetti” was made using a low angle block plane and piece of pine from the firewood pile.

The finish is multiple coats of spray lacquer, lightly rubbed down with 220 grit sand paper in between each. After the final coat, I rubbed it with some steel wool and applied a top coat of paste wax, then buffed it out with a lint free cloth.

I also wanted to note I’ve been buying the same wine for these boxe for some time now. It is called Dreaming Tree and tastes really exquisite. Dave Matthews is one of the co-owners of the company, and it is made right here in the US of A. I haven’t kept any bottled for any extended period of time, but I’ve been told it will hold up just fine.

Thanks for looking, all comments welcome and questions replied too. Happy new year to all fellow LJs, I’m looking forward to seeing the projects that will be finished in 2017.

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





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 12-31-2016 02:07 PM

What a great gift Tooch! Makes me want a CNC machine just seeing how well your box came out. The rings look perfect and lettering and photo are a really nice touch!
Happy New Year to everyone!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Tooch

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 02:12 PM

Thanks Tony, happy new year to you as well. The cnc is nice, but there is definitely a learning curve! I went through aot of scrap pieces before I was able to achieve this result!

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

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 12-31-2016 02:15 PM

Beautiful work Tooch. I can not get over the picture of the newly weds. That is a perfect touch. By the way, I can see the great results of your finish.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 12-31-2016 02:15 PM

Very classy and beautiful piece sir.

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

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Tooch

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#5 posted 12-31-2016 02:22 PM

Thanks Dave and Monte. Getting the picture just right also takes lots of trial/error. This was actually the second take for the lid.

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

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 12-31-2016 02:44 PM

Oh that’s a bute, Hopefully I’ll have an CNC this coming year or the following.

I’m hearing the X-Carve is a good purchase.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Tooch

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#7 posted 12-31-2016 03:03 PM

Thanks, Randy. I purchased the Shark HD3 from Rockler and it came with a bunch of preloaded 3d designs. It’s got a 25” x25” carving area and the motor is a 2-1/4 HP router. I don’t use it for much (yet) but so far it has served its purpose.

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

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david38

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#8 posted 12-31-2016 03:27 PM

great box

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Blackie_

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#9 posted 12-31-2016 06:36 PM

That Shark is a bit more than I was willing to pay, the x-carve comes in three different sizes and uses the dewalt 611 router in which I already have. price range would be $1200 – $1500 ballpark.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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majuvla

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#10 posted 12-31-2016 06:49 PM

Beautiful box with those rings on sides. Great work on top signs,on both sides. Overal look – very classy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 12-31-2016 06:51 PM

Beautiful box,Mike!!

cheers, Jim

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

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Mean_Dean

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#12 posted 12-31-2016 11:20 PM

That’s a beautiful wine box—I’m sure the happy couple loves it!

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

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Roger

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#13 posted 01-01-2017 05:35 PM

That is magnificent Tooch! Very finely detailed. Luv the laser engraving also. Super nice. Congrats to the newlyweds.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Tooch

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#14 posted 01-01-2017 11:23 PM

Thanks to Dave, Ivan, Jim, Dean, and Roger for the compliments. hope you have a 2017 full of new tools & toys.

Randy I have heard good things about the X-carve, but have no personal experience with them. Good Luck and happy hunting!

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

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