Wedding Memorabilia Box

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Project by dclark1943 posted 405 days ago 1659 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was a commission from a lady in northern Minnesota for her daughters wedding. It measures 15 1/2” wide, 12 1/2” deep, and 4 inches high. The wood is Red Gum, with Striped Maple and Walnut accents. The sides of the box are canted inwards 2 1/2º and the interior is lined with white satin, monogramed for the occasion. The top is inlaid with the traditional intertwined wedding bands, and the bottom is relieved 1/4 inch to form feet at the corners. The hinges are the new “Smart Hinge” developed by Andrew Crawford
and the lock was supplied by Ian Hawthorne The hinges feature a new internal stop incorporated in the knuckle, so that only four straight cuts are required to install – - absolutely the easiest hinge I’ve found to install. The finish on the box is multiple coats of lacquer sanded with 360 between coats, rubbed out with “Turtle Wax” rubbing compound and polishing compound, and a final buffing with hard wax on the buffing wheel. The challenge was inlaying the circles of course, and many of woodworkings tough lessons were learned in the process. As with many of the things we woodworkers do, once embedded in the project, it became a labor of love, and I lost track of the hours.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 405 days ago

Hi Dave – that looks fantastic. Very clean workmanship and nice bright finish.


-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

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#2 posted 405 days ago

very elegant – I like the clean look.

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#3 posted 405 days ago

A lovely box, well crafted! Nice work. Great choice of hinge and lock. Perfect for this box, and the inlays work really well. I like it.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 405 days ago

Nicely done!

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#5 posted 405 days ago

Super looking box

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 405 days ago


-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 405 days ago

Stunning. Heirloom gift. absolutely beautiful.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 405 days ago

Beautiful work, simple and elegant…

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 405 days ago

Just amazing! Love the joined rings on top-

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#10 posted 405 days ago

Great work! Excellent design.

-- christopheralan

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#11 posted 405 days ago

I just completed my first inlay box, so I appreciate how nice your inlays look!!

Nice Job.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#12 posted 405 days ago

Only one word can describe this box: PERFECT! (in every detail)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 405 days ago

Thanks to everyone for the nice words, I do appreciate them !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#14 posted 405 days ago

Beautiful box, great design and outstanding workmanship.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 405 days ago

WOW thats nice. Craftsmanship shows.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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