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Step 7: Finishing the box

A belt sander greatly helps during this step!
  1. Make sure that the glue has dried completely.
  2. Sand the outside of the box until the layers are smooth
  3. Sand the top of the box with >120 grit to make it nice and smooth
  4. I also beveled the edges of the top and bottom
  5. Smooth hard-to-reach places with sand paper, a spindle sander, or rotary tool
  6. Sand the box one last time with >180 grit sandpaper
  7. Apply a coat of stain and varnish to the box
  8. Superglue the ring cushion into place
  9. Viola!  Now you have a very nice and unique ring box!  Insert ring...
I'd love to see your version of the ring box, so please post pictures!  Also, if you liked this Instructable, please remember to vote for it in the Valentine's Day Contest! 
<p>dude you said there was a proposal video but its private, im a little dissapointed but i love the box</p>
<p>dude you said there was a proposal video but its private, im a little dissapointed but i love the box</p>
<p>dude you said there was a proposal video but its private, im a little dissapointed but i love the box</p>
<p>dude you said there was a proposal video but its private, im a little dissapointed but i love the box</p>
Great Instructable! I scaled it up and made it a little box where the top is glued to the right side and the bottom is glued on the left underside. Thanks for the Instructable!
<p>It says in the materials step - 0.5&quot; thick stock. 3/4&quot; may give you a pretty funny-looking box....</p>
<p>how thick is each heart cut out? not all together in the final piece but individually before u put them all together? I may have missed a step and I cant find it in the instructions.</p>
<p>Ooooooooh, nice and cute!</p>
<p>Congratulations! Awesome project!!!</p><p>I'm interested in doing a similar one to my wife. But I have to make some minor changes once the jewel I bought her came in a big box.</p><p>So, it does looks like you have used SketchUp to make the heart shapes and I'd really be grateful if I could have your sketchup file.</p><p>Thanks in advance!!</p>
Wow, this looks really great. It would look cool if you used red and purple heart woods to make it as well because of the wood's natural coloring.
wow, a total of 10000 views.......
I was just wondering where you bought your wood from? Thanks!
I got the padauk from our local WoodCraft store. WoodCraft is in a lot of major cities, but even if you don't have one there should be some other store. You can also order online, but I prefer to see the wood before I buy it.
I'm going to have to make this! great project, my girlfrind will love it!
a beautiful gift our men make for us ;) simply beautiful
its a movie lol
ur not listed in the contest
There was a short delay in getting it into the contest, but it's there now. Thanks!
Great project!
Fabulous job!!!!!!
Very nice!
Very nice box, and congratulations to you both <br>on your engagement.
H.Smith, UK.<br> Well thought out and nicely made, no wonder she said YES !
Hey there, this is amazing, I'd definitely like to make one of my own, awesome Instructable! And congratulations on a successful proposal. You've got my vote.
Gorgeous!

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