Our Wedding Card Box

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Project by VerteramoFurniture7 posted 09-24-2011 04:42 AM 6794 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wedding card box that I built for my wedding on September 9th, 2011. I had the idea that I wanted to build a wedding card box since we got engaged but the project kept getting pushed back due to things around the house that needed to get done. This box was started 5 days before our wedding. I was going to make a simple mdf box and paint it. Then I realized I had some scrap wood around so the project changed to solid wood. It was going to be a simple box, but I keep adding to it.

The box is made of white oak and Spanish cedar. The frame is white oak that came from an Uncle’s farm in Virginia. The Spanish cedar panels were 1/4 thick scraps that I glued to pieces together to get the width I needed.

The top started out going to be just flat and the same size as box. As the time got shorter I worried about getting it to fit just right and match the box. So I decided to make it overhang (even thou it did square up good) after doing that I decided to add a profile. Once I saw that I tried a bigger version of the profile added to the bottom. After I got that all done I routed the slot into the top.

The finish two coats of amber shellac topped with two coats of water based pre cat lacquer. It was finished two days before wedding.

The hardware was installed the night before the wedding with my brother in-law after the rehearsal dinner. And the plaque was a gift from my brother in-law.

I am very very very happy how it came out and received a lot of complements at the wedding. Surprisingly it was not as stress full as I thought it would be. It was actually quite relaxing since I was not able to do much fun woodworking during the planning stages of the wedding.

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#1 posted 09-24-2011 06:20 AM

Very nice choice in woods. They have a nice contrast without being too stark. Their colors are complimentary. Clean lines and nice proportions.

Very attractive.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#2 posted 09-24-2011 08:16 AM

Neat idea, and the box looks great. May have to keep that one in the back of my head for a wedding present for someone one of these days.

-- -caleb

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#3 posted 09-24-2011 11:02 AM

Very nice I’m sure you and your wife will enjoy it for years to come.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 09-24-2011 05:23 PM

Nice job and congrats to the both of you!

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

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#5 posted 10-17-2011 05:11 PM

Any idea where the plaque came from? I’ve been thinking of doing something similar to this for my wedding coming up in a few months.

Also, what are the overall dimensions and the width of the card slot? Did you find it large enough?

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey

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#6 posted 10-20-2011 02:11 AM

Thanks all for the comments and congrats.
David congrat on the up coming wedding. The plague came from things remembered. It is only stuck on with two sided tape. It did not stick well so I brought some turners tape I had incase fell of before reseption. And it DID! We wanted to get one with screws but he came up with the idea of getting one for us last minute. I think the finish might of been the problem. I have to try and scuff up the area the tape will go and put it back on.

The slot is 3/4” wide by 10” long. After I cut it I thought it looked a bit large. But it worked great and some of the cards we got were a bit big.
And its always better to have it bigger slot so the over stuffed cards full of money will not get turned away.

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