Engagement ring box

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Project by DentalMolding14 posted 10-15-2013 12:11 PM 1763 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey y’all.

First time posting on here. Just couldn’t hold off any longer and had to share my first woodworking project with you all. What you see is an engagement ring box I made for my fiancĂ© when we got engaged two weeks ago. I always wanted to make the moment even more special and to have my own craftsman touch to it. I also didn’t like how tall most ring boxes are so I designed my own “low profile” box. She was desperate to know what my secret woodworking project was and why I had the sudden urge to spend massive amounts of time in my friends shop (thank you Paul!). When I asked her the first words out of her mouth were, ” of course!” Followed quickly by,” let me see the box.” I put a lot of heart into it and it makes me beyond happy she cherishes it already.

Made from curly maple and walnut.

Construction was simple build box: match booked top and bottom, mitered corners with wrap around grain pattern, dado on inside faces, edge rabbet on top and bottom face to reduce the profile. Glue up, saw in half, boom, ring box! Added the inlay/ friction lock accent piece to the top and bottom respectively. Bunch of gloss poly coats later and we were ready for the leather (thanks again to another friend, Wayne!). Did all of the leather work also with simple one dollar soft foam sheets from Michaels and some ATG tape ( stuff works great).

Final touch was circular laser engraved names and date on the bottom (thanks Woodcraft).

I love how it turned out and highly suggest making one if you are at that place in your life.

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 12:35 PM

Congratulations! That is a very nice ring box. The interior came out great. Better start on the jewelry box now. Don’t wait twenty nine years like I did. All the best.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 03:37 PM

Congrats on the engagement, and welcome to LJs. You did a great job on that box! The wood selection for the top was spot on, picking the best book matched curly figure. Good finish, too.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 03:55 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship, and what a great idea to make a momentous occasion that much more personal. I’m impressed that you even book-matched the bottom – great attention to detail. Just like with little kids, sometimes the box is just as much fun as what’s inside!

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 04:27 PM

I made the ring. Then make a box out of a solid piece of Oak. Lined with real lambs wool.

35 years later. She still has the box and ring.


I had a friend help with the gold casting. I payed a fellow to set the 5 diamonds. I knew how to do it but was not going to take a chance.

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 05:35 PM

Very nice- here’s wishing you years of enjoyment from your new addition, and your fiance` too!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 05:10 PM

Congrats, and nice build! Very nice…..

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

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#7 posted 10-18-2013 04:40 PM

That’s one gorgeous box. Like the curly maple and the finish is flawless. Great job and congrats!

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