I wanted to make a Valentines Day project for my YouTube channel and I came up with this idea. Why not make an engagement ring box that doesnt look like and engagement ring box. I have never proposed to anyone before and I wont be anytime soon but I can imagine as soon as the reciepient sees that little square box they know what it is straight away.
I thought if the box looked like a plane simple necklace gift box then it would keep the surprise right up until the box is opened.
I used my X-Carve cnc to create this project. If you would like to use the files I made here is a link to the project ready to go on Inventables website:
Here is a short video of me making the engagement ring box:
- X-Carve (cnc machine)
- Sharp Knife
- American Black Walnut
- 5mm Packaging Foam
- Black Felt Baize
- Spray Adhesive
- Spray Lacquer
- Sand Paper
Step 1: Carving
I started by securing a piece of walnut to my X-Carve using a couple of screws.
The piece I was using was from a previous project, the section I used was about 350mm x 75mm x 25mm. This was enough for both the lid and the base the to the box.
As with a cnc project this part is a hands off step. I just let the X-Carve do its thing carving out the box base and lid.
You could of course use other tools to create this project.
Step 2: Sanding
Once the X-Carve had done its thing I just needed to do some sanding to
get the piece ready for finish. The fit of the lid to the base a bit tight but I made some changes to the easel project and it is much better now. It only took a little hand sanding to get the fit just right though.
I sanded the box all over using 350 grit sandpaper.
Step 3: Spray Finish & Add Lining
I used some masking tape to cover the inside of the opening the
X-Carve had created. This will make the spray adhesive stick better later on. I could then use some spray lacquer to finish this project. It dries really quick so I could build up the 4 coats in no time. Once the finish was dry, I removed the masking tape.
To line the inside of the box I used some black felt baize and 5mm packing foam.
The lid of the box received just a piece of black felt baize. I secured it in place using strong spray adhesive.
Because the base will be in contact with the ring I wanted to add foam. I cut a piece of foam slightly smaller than the opening in the base and also cut a slit in the centre, this will allow the ring to be pushed through and held in place. I could then use the spray adhesive to glue on some black felt baize. I folded it over the edges of the foam and trimmed off the excess with some scissors.
I then sprayed more of the adhesive on the back of the foam and secured it into the opening of the base. I made sure to tuck the edges down the side. I then used a sharp knife the cut the slit through the black felt baize, this will allow the ring to be pushed through and held in place.
Thats it finished :) I really hope you liked this project and the idea too.