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Wedding box

This is a box made for my daughters wedding. She wanted it plain but since I like carving at the moment I wanted to carve – something!
Initially when the box was to be plain she mentioned something about putting a ribbon on it. So I thought it would be nice to put a permanent ribbon on it. It is 19×23 & 5.5 cm deep. Sanded down to 420 sealed with diluted shellac of 25% then 50%. Followed by two coats of Poly sanded lightly between. The lining of velvet was first glued to a cardboard template then glued into the box.
Before glueing the top lining I first had to attach the small carving to the
Cardboard &lining then glued that in.
Followed by finding my husband so he could stuff up putting on the hinges !! ( but I did put on the latch ) :-)

While doing this box I also was fortunate to find a way to make my own personalized branding iron.

You don’t know just how long I’ve wanted one. I know you can buy them but they are awfully expensive. With the branding iron I chose a font that I liked flipped it over & copied the reverse image onto the end of a copper rod. Cut around the image with a power tool & there you have it! It is then inserted into the soldering iron & used to burn the wood.

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 376 days ago

Very cool, I like the branding iron

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#2 posted 376 days ago

Great job on the box…. your daughter will love it! Clever idea for a branding iron…. and I would steal it, but most of my pieces don’t have much of flat area. This will be their first family heirloom.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#3 posted 376 days ago

Wow, TJ. That’s really nice. Very inspiring. Very nice build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 376 days ago

Very nice work Theresa. Good idea about the branding iron.I have thought about making one, but I’m afraid the wife would use it on me!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 376 days ago

Outstanding work on all elements! The carving adds a lot—certainly taking it beyond what you see every where else.

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

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#6 posted 376 days ago

Lovely box Theresa, I’m sure that she will be pleased with it and it will be something that can be handed down.
Cool idea on the iron.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 376 days ago

Nice work! I’ve always been fond of flowers and flourishes and such, as subjects for carving. Nicely finished too! Congratulations to your daughter!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 376 days ago

Hey, TJ, you’re getting pretty darn GOOD at that stuff!

Beautiful carving & other work too!

Great box!

Very COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 376 days ago

Wow! What a wonderful personalized wedding gift! Your daughter is very fortunate to have a mother who cares enough to make something from her heart.
I toohave been wanting a branding iron, but they are so expensive. Thanx for the tip!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#10 posted 376 days ago

Theresa, what a lovely and wonderful wedding present. The lines and finish on the box itself are superb and elegant. Your sparing use of carving to accentuate and enhance is a nice touch that is especially appropriate for a wedding box. The carving moves this from being a very nice box to being a really great wedding gift that honors the occasion, nice decision.

I am not a great fan of hardware. I would make my corner splines a bit deeper with this large radius corner. This project is very nicely photographed. I like the setting for your shots. I think you might attract more eyes to your posting if you would edit it to put the second shot of the box as your first shot of the post by erasing your first shot and re-installing it as your last shot. For hinges and installation you might try this. Theresa, any woodworker who takes it upon themselves to make their own branding iron has earned my admiration. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 376 days ago

I can see a lot of love & pleasure in the make with this piece Theresa, It will be treasured for life. Fabulous job :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 376 days ago

That is just a gorgeous box, Teresa!!!!!! I love it!! Very nice gift!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 376 days ago

Another beautiful box with excellent carving on the lid. It looks like the carving on the lids could become a signature thing for you. A really beautiful box and an awesome gift made with love… great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#14 posted 375 days ago

Amaizing as always!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 375 days ago

Both unique in design and functional as well. Excellent job!

-- John, Illinois,

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