Introduction: Wedding Card Box

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This is a wedding card box I made for my best friend (I was his best man). He got married last summer and I'm just getting around to writing this instructable. It's made from maple and has a Batman themed side (for the groom) and a Hogwarts themed side (for the bride).

Step 1: The Wood

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Picked up this 12' maple board from my local lumber yard. It was 4/4 and 12" wide. They only sell S4S (surfaced 4 sides) so the board ran me $80 as S4S is a premium charge. It had a darker streak in it but that's ok because it gave Gotham and Hogwarts a gloomier look.

Step 2: The Design

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I made a quick 3D model the get a feel for size. Next, I had to find the images I wanted to engrave. I found some images online but they needed some tweaking. I traced them in Adobe Illustrator and then added the Bat Signal to Gotham.

Step 3: Construction

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I began by cutting the pieces a little heavy (about 3/4") and stacking them in the shape I wanted. I aligned the grain so it would flow together. I then cut the miters for the corners and rabbeted the bottom for the removable bottom. I then laid the pieces in order in preparation for gluing. I used bar clamps but the boards were cupping so I added a ratchet strap and some quick clamps.

Step 4: Contruction Part 2

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After gluing the sides together, I custom cut the top piece so it fit perfectly and then cut the slot on the CNC Router. I then glued it in place. Next, I rounded the edges over on the router table. Then a lot of sanding.

Step 5: Finishing

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After sanding to 220 grit, it was time to finish it. I used Deft Brushing Lacquer for the first few coats, sanding between coats with steel wool. For the final coats I used Deft Spray Lacquer to get a smoother finish.

Step 6: Laser Engraving and Done

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I masked off the box with extra wide masking tape to prevent residue on the non-engraved sections. After engraving on our Epilog Fusion 40-watt, I had to weed (peel off) the masking tape. Notice all the little windows and openings in Hogwarts; it takes forever to remove all those little pieces (and leaves your fingers stained for days). After everything was done, I wrapped it in 2 layers of bubble wrap for the 4 hour drive to the wedding.

Comments

gm280 (author)2017-07-18

I have a large bed LASER engraver and you could have LASER'ed it without the tape and then used a little cleaner to wipe off any residue. I've done it both ways and the wipe seems easier to me. But try a scrap piece to see for yourself. Just an idea. Nice project though.

PeskorskiF (author)2017-07-18

Nice project! Thanks for the detailed write up.

PhilH40 (author)2017-07-18

thank you for the guide and especially the tip on the masking tape I have not used a laser to date but I am looking at buying one soon

Str7073 (author)PhilH402017-07-18

Glad you liked it. Let me know if you have any questions on lasers. I would be happy to help/guide you!

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