Love Letter wine box

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Project by rctomps posted 09-01-2013 04:11 AM 6942 views 73 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my daughter’s recent wedding she asked me to make a love letter anniversary box for the ceremony. This is what I came up with. The way it works is the bride and groom write love letters before the ceremony then during the ceremony they put the letters in the box, (I made pockets in the lid) along with a bottle of wine then they “nail” the box shut using tapered dowels in holes in the lid. On there wedding anniversary they pry the box open, drink the wine and read the letters. Then write new letters, put a new bottle in and seal it up for the next year.
Sanded the lid with 80 grit and left it rough to get the “rustic” look they wanted.
Made from walnut, finished with natural Danish oil.

-- Rob

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#1 posted 09-01-2013 04:59 AM

That is a really cool idea for a wedding momento. What a beautiful box. I love the carving that you did on the front to mimic the invitation. I am sure your daughter and son-in-law will cherish it always.

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 05:21 AM

Great job, and I have not heard of that before, but love it! I thought about telling my daughter about it, but since she cant date till she is 65 or Im dead, which ever comes last, not too sure how much she will like the idea. LOL Love the carving and design and the meaning of it is priceless

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#3 posted 09-01-2013 07:12 AM

That is a great idea! Love the box, I am sure they will cherish it!


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#4 posted 09-01-2013 07:31 AM

I agree that is a cool idea, nice work on the box too.

-- Vince

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#5 posted 09-01-2013 08:18 AM

Lovely. Very romantic idea. Box looks great.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#6 posted 09-01-2013 11:36 AM

What a great idea Rob, beautiful box and carving. I am sure Diana and David will get a life time anniversaries of openings and refilling the box….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 09-01-2013 11:45 AM

Love the idea!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#8 posted 09-01-2013 12:56 PM

This is way kool. I really like the tree with the carved heart & initials also. Very cleaver. Luv it. I may borrow this idea for a Nephew’s upcoming wedding in a year or so.

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

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#9 posted 09-01-2013 01:14 PM

neat idea and a great box.congrats to the new couple.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#10 posted 09-01-2013 01:19 PM

Great idea! Is it fairly easy to pry open the box with out damaging it? If so, please explain.

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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#11 posted 09-01-2013 02:07 PM

Nice idea!

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#12 posted 09-01-2013 03:00 PM

Great idea! The box is gorgeous as well. Good job!

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#13 posted 09-01-2013 03:43 PM

It’s a beautiful box and will make a fine gift. I’m sure that it was appreciated.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 09-01-2013 03:45 PM

Great gift. Congrats to the young couple.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 09-01-2013 05:28 PM

Very cool idea; might have to make something like this for my daughter too. Thanks for posting

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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