I'd like to present to you instructions for building your very own Rupee engagement ring box, which was inspired by the all of the classic Rupees from the Zelda series. This doesn't necessarily have to be used as a box for a proposal, I just figured that it was suiting to present your girlfriend with a piece of treasure that opened up to reveal MORE treasure! The total time for the Rupee Box was approximately two days, and only so because of the time required to let glossy paint dry thoroughly. I was able to make my unpainted Rupee box without paint in about 3 hours, but then again...my garage is pretty disorganized, so you could probably make it faster!
Here are the things you're going to need for the entirety of this project: (Don't worry about gathering all of the materials ahead of time. I'll re-list the materials needed for each part on the respective steps.)
Power Tools: VRRRRRRUUUUUMMMMM!!
> Table Saw
> Scroll Saw
> Belt Sander (40 or 80 grit sandpaper belt)
> ShopVac (to consume the colossal amount of dust you will generate)
> Drill with a small bit 1/16" or smaller (Optional)
> Sandpaper (100, 150, 180 grit)
> Flathead Screwdriver (Optional)
> 2-part Epoxy (Optional)
> Super Glue (Optional)
Wood--I used a variety of wood types, mainly because it's what I had lying around. I'll list what I used for each piece...
> 2 3"x5"x1/4" Pieces (Plywood)
> 2 1"x3/4"x5" Pieces (Aspen)
> 2 1"x1"x1 3/4" Pieces (Aspen)
> Soft foam, approximately a 1 1/2" cube. (I repurposed an old memory foam pillow for this part)
> Small amount of black cloth, approximately a 2" square
> Rust-Oleum Filler Primer http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=11
> Rust-Oleum Multi-Purpose Gloss Spray http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=97 I used Apple Red, but you can use whatever color you'd like
> Wood Glue (Any brand will work)
> 3M Dynatron Glazing and Spot Putty http://3mcollision.com/products/fillers-and-glaze/putty/dynatron-glazing-spot-putty-650.html
> Hinges (I found some great hinges at Menards that I have included a picture of. The exact hinge style isn't critical...you need only be concerned with the overall size of the hinges.) http://menards.com/main/tools-hardware/builders-hardware/door-window/residential-hinges/5-8x1-decorative-hinge/p-1475524-c-9687.htm
> Safety Glasses
> Ear Plugs/Muffs
> Dust Mask (when working with the belt sander)
> X-acto Knife
So, without further ado, let's get on with some step-by-step instructions for building your own Rupee engagement ring box!