Wedding Boxes

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Project by Richard posted 04-10-2010 03:37 AM 1639 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I present a pair of boxes that are to be a wedding gift. Hence the title. I used Black Walnut, Quarter sawn White Oak, and padauk. I used my newly acquired bandsaw to cut a slant on the two side pieces out of the 8/4 white oak. I put those together with the fronts made out of black walnut. I connected them with countersunk screws and used plugs cut from the walnut for a contrasting look. For the tops I sandwiched together some padauk and figured walnut. I then used a router to cut in the Chinese character for happiness. By cutting through the padauk into the walnut I got another nice color contrast. I finished everything off on the bases with General finishes Arm -R-Seal. For the tops I used a finish with added UV protection to keep the color in the padauk.

Alone you have happiness put them together and you have double happiness a symbol of their marriage.
Once upon a time…

The double happiness symbol is commonly used at weddings. Here is the story for those who are interested:

…there was a young man, a student, on his way to the capital to complete his final examinations. The best and brightest, the students with the most outstanding exam results, would become ministers in the emperor’s court. The young man fell ill while making his journey and was taken in by a family in a mountain village. Lucky for the lad, the head of the household was a doctor. The physician and his pretty daughter treated the ill scholar and he soon recovered.

The doctor’s daughter fell in love with the ill young man as she tended to him. He, likewise, fell for his pretty, young nurse. After regaining his strength, it was hard to say goodbye. The girl wrote the right hand portion of a Chinese couplet for the student to match.

Green trees against the sky in the spring rain while the sky set off the spring trees in the obscuration.

The boy was stymied and told the girl it would take time for him to write the second part of the couplet. He promised to do so after his examination.

The formerly-ill student set out again for the capital, wrote the examination, and won the top spot. While being interviewed by the emperor the lad was tested again. Finish this couplet, the king told the scholar:

Red flowers dot the land in the breeze’s chase while the land colored up in red after the kiss.

The student realized the matching part of the emperor’s couplet, the right side, had been given to him by his love. He wrote it down and gave it to the ruler.

The emperor was pleased and appointed the young man as a minister in his court. He was given leave to visit his hometown before taking up his post. Love-struck as he was, the lad returned to the girl’s village and told her of the emperor, the couplet, and his new job.

The pair was married. Using red paper, they doubled the Chinese character, “xi”, and hung it on their wall to celebrate two events, double happiness for their wedding and the young man’s new job.

They lived happily ever after.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 01:14 AM

This is nice, I just bought a big slab of padauk today and I’m wanting to make a box for the wife. Thanks for the ideas…

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 01:22 AM

very nice work, great contrasting woods. that padauk also looks good with maple too, hint hint. ;)

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#3 posted 05-24-2010 03:40 PM

Thanks for the explanation of the symbols, interesting. Nice boxes as well!

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#4 posted 05-24-2010 04:54 PM

Nice work Richard unique box

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