Wine Presentation Box - Bubinga and Flame Birch

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Project by Lenny posted 05-15-2017 01:58 AM 2153 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wine presentation box made from plans that appeared in the December 2014 issue of Woodworker’s Journal. Sandor Nagyszalanczy designed the box to present some wine to a friend as a birthday gift. He succeeded in creating a unique way to “present” the wine bottles. As the lid is opened, the bottles “pop up”.

When bubinga shorts were listed as a sale item at my favorite lumberyard, I decided to buy some and make this box, with the intention of giving it to my daughter and son-in-law in honor of their 5th wedding anniversary. I opted to use some red birch (aka flame birch) for the lid panel.

With a few exceptions, I pretty much stuck to the plans. The box is joined via dovetails and one change I made was to place the tails on the front/back versus the sides. Another has to do with the lift mechanism. Bullet catches are used to hold the lid open. Sandor, milled small dimples in the box sides at a precise point (and depth) to hold the lid at a good angle. After much fussing and frustration trying to get it just right, I ran across a fellow who didn’t mill dimples at all. Rather, he let the catches sit on the tops of the sides! This also causes the wine bottles to stand up a bit further, which I like.

The box dimensions are 14-1/4” x 13” x 4-1/2” tall. The lid ends up at 15” x 13-3/4”. If I make any more of these I will lengthen the sides by about ¾”. I found that the neck of wine bottles vary and the added length won’t hurt.

I applied Watco Natural Danish Oil as directed, followed by Watco Satin Finishing Wax. I presented the gift to the couple today and they were quite pleased.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 05-15-2017 02:02 AM

That is one really nice presentation box. I’m going to have to try one of those. You did a wonderful job. And congratulations to your family.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 05-15-2017 02:11 AM

Very nice project!

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#3 posted 05-15-2017 02:20 AM

That came out really nice Lenny.
Skipping the milled dimples was a smart idea.
Allowing the bottles to raise more is more appealing to the eye anyway.
Also turning the dovetails around makes the cooler part of the joinery stand out more too.
Nice job.

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#4 posted 05-15-2017 03:05 AM

Great looking box!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 05-15-2017 12:03 PM

I really like that pop-up feature to the box! Your workmanship was outstanding as well!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 05-15-2017 02:01 PM

This box is absolutely outstanding and it displays a wealth of details and nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 05-15-2017 02:03 PM

Great job, love it. What a special gift. I’ll be looking for those plans not sure I have that issue.

Well done bud.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 05-15-2017 11:43 PM

Thank you for the comments everyone!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 05-16-2017 12:18 PM

Very elegant Lenny. You’ve made 2 youngens very happy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 05-16-2017 05:02 PM

GREAT!! Love your craftsmanship. Your attention to detail is spot on. And the choice of woods add that special touch.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 05-16-2017 05:48 PM

Thank you Roger and John.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 05-17-2017 11:39 PM

Great job!!

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#14 posted 05-18-2017 04:38 AM

All that work, but no mention of the WINE! Good choices…SAYS NAPA-MAN…

LOVE the idea of the pop up…very cool. Looks like purple heart in the photos.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 05-18-2017 08:21 AM

Thank you Sandy. Hi Matt. My daughter essentially picked the wine. I told her I was buying some for a retiring friend and asked for recommendations. Now that you mention it, the bubinga does look a bit like purpleheart.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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