|Project by Charlie Kilian||posted 01-10-2017 04:16 AM||411 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
This is an older project, but I thought it would be nice to show it off here on LJ. This is the second box I ever made.
Two years ago, on November 1, 2014, my wife and I were married. My wife had chosen a green sapphire to be the stone in her engagement (and later wedding) ring, but we ultimately decided to move up the date of our ceremony by a year, which left us a lot less time to save money. One of the things that was “downsized” was her sapphire—she picked out a cheaper green tourmaline instead.
It never really sat well with me. I knew she really loved the sapphire. So after we’d ordered the replacement stone, I called the jeweler and asked if they would be willing to hold on to the sapphire for me, let me continue to make payments on it, and when it was paid off, we could swap out the tourmaline for the sapphire. They were happy to do this for me, so the plan was set: Over the next year, I discreetly made payments on the sapphire, planning to present it to her for our first anniversary.
Somewhere along the line, I decided it needed a more personal presentation. And thus, the ring box was born.
It’s purpleheart, maple, and padauk. The hinge is a Brusso solid brass hinge with a 95° stop. The top and bottom insert is foam covered with white satin. (I was planning on sewing it myself, but I ran out of time at the end and decided to enlist my mother-in-law to help with that part—it probably turned out better that way, anyway.) It’s finished with Miniwax Antique oil followed by an application of paste wax.
I made the box over the course of several months before our first anniversary. She has a tendency to visit me while I’m working in my shop, so I could only work on it while she was not home. Purpleheart sawdust can pass for walnut enough that I could slide by, but there was no hiding it when I cut the padauk. The entire shop would be covered with a fine misting of bright red sawdust. Every time I worked with it, I had to clean the shop top to bottom to keep her from asking what I’d been working on. :)
I did manage to keep the secret. I gave them both to her on our first anniversary, November 1st, 2015, and both parts—the box and the sapphire inside—were quite well loved. She recognized the sapphire immediately. And she was impressed that I’d managed to keep a shop project hidden from her.
I probably set the bar a little too high, though. This year we just watched a movie on Netflix. :)