Engagement Ring Box

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Project by Caz posted 04-07-2008 04:59 AM 2099 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first real woodworking project I did. It started me on this expensive and time consuming hobby :)

The box is made from a block of cocobolo that I thought the color looked nice on the outside. I was definitely surprised when i cut the box open and saw the wonderful orange, red, and brown grain. I used a band saw to trim down to the actual shape, then used a forstner bit to drill a 1/2 in hole in the center of the box, and used some scraps to make a wedge that would prop the ring up in the hole. I then had to attach the lid so that the ring wouldn’t come out in my backpack on a hicke up the mountains. I countersunk a metal post and glued it into the top, and drilled a hole in the bottom of the box so that the post could swivel, but not come all the way out without a lot of effort. I then sanded… and sanded… and sanded some more :) went through every grit right up through a wet sanding of 600 and polished from there.

The first picture is a picture of the bottom of the box, it came out with wonderful grain pattern there, the second is the finished box from the top, and the last is the box before i polished it with the parts displayed (the most important part is in the center.

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 05:39 AM

Congratulations! What a wonderful idea. Great job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 04-07-2008 05:59 AM

Great project – so what did she say???? Or are you still waiting to ask?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 04-07-2008 06:00 AM

Great box! Keep us posted on her response.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 04-07-2008 06:44 AM


The box is beautiful. The wedge to prop up the ring was brilliant.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 04-07-2008 07:01 AM

Sorry, forgot the details :)

She said yes, but we have the date set for 20 June 2009. An aspen grove at the top of a mountain in late spring, VERY beautiful place to ask :)

Thanks for all of the coments

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#6 posted 04-07-2008 07:26 AM

Well done box! Well done engagement! Congratulations on the both!!!

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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#7 posted 04-07-2008 09:57 AM

That’s a very nice box, and congratulations on your engagement.

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#8 posted 04-07-2008 01:14 PM


That is a beautiful box and you did a nice job on it. Congratulations and best wishes to you both. How about a jewelry box next? (But of course that would mean you might have to put something it as well!! ) :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 04-07-2008 05:14 PM

That is beautiful. The oils in the Cocobolo will test the worthiness of the metals in the ring. Great job.

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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#10 posted 04-08-2008 05:11 AM

Beautiful box. You did a very nice job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 04-22-2009 06:45 AM

Cool box and congrats on the upcoming day…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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