25th Wedding Anniversary Gift Box

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Project by rtbrmb posted 09-17-2013 03:24 PM 1982 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some friends of ours recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary & I made this box for the occasion. The box measures ~13” X 9” X 5”.

The body & feet are walnut, the lid (& underlid) are oak burl veneer, the lid inlays are ebony/holly and the corner splines are also holly.

I had our local woodworking supplier CNC the couples name & wedding date on the lid & I filled it with colored epoxy & sanded flush. I covered the lid with painters tape before it was routered, to keep any spillover from discoloring the veneer lid. The paint was a nice shiny silver (silver anniversary) but when I added it to the epoxy it dulled to the color you see now (my pictures turned out horribe, the lid is more clear in person). It was too late in the game to experiment with another filler.

I bought a new router bit to create the profile for the feet & am happy with how they turned out.

The finish is danish oil, multiple coats of shellac & hand rubbed with 0000 steel wool & wax.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 09-17-2013 04:01 PM

Very nicely done with beautiful wood in the top.

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

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#2 posted 09-17-2013 04:18 PM

Good job Bill. What did you use to line the inside?

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#3 posted 09-17-2013 04:28 PM

This is a beautiful box. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 11:58 PM

HillBilly & wreck – thanks for the compliments.

lesage- the bottom is lined with the adhesive backed felt from Rockler. The inside walls are shellac over walnut with a small strip of maple rabbited to show when the lid opens.

Thanks everyone for looking.

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 12:13 AM

Very nice! Love the feet.

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

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 03:39 AM

Very nice! I’m sure it will be treasured!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 05:11 AM

Great job. Love the wood, and the feet

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#8 posted 09-18-2013 08:36 AM

Grea job and present!

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

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#9 posted 09-18-2013 11:40 AM

Beautiful box…excellent job.

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

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#10 posted 01-27-2015 06:59 PM

Beautiful box, great grain placement!

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