Introduction: Valentine's Day Wooden Box

About: My incessant fascination with the arts and sciences has compelled me since childhood to try my hand at a number of endeavors throughout my life. From drawing, music, woodworking and prop making to studying phi…

Although I made this box to carry the rings for our wedding, it'd be the perfect Valentine's Day present for your soulmate. It's constructed of aged cherry wood from the farm where I grew up and hard maple. The M + K stand for Michael and Kim. The date was our wedding date.

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Step 1: Design

The concept was a simple box with corners made from adjoining two 45 degree angles. The bottom fits into the sides of the box via a slot that runs along the perimeter. The top is cherry and the edge molding and sides are hard maple. The hinges and clasp were purchased at Michael's. The original idea was inspired by THIS project. Here's the 3D model.

Step 2: Construction

The cherry top and the sides were all cut on the table saw. The groove into which the bottom piece slides was also cut on the table saw. The heart was cut on the bandsaw and that detailed letters, numbers, and arrow were removed using a dremel rotary tool and inlaid with epoxy and ebony saw dust. At first, I wanted to make the arrow with maple sawdust, but the result wasn't too appealing. So I removed it and replaced it with ebony sawdust...much better!

Step 3: Finished Product

Once the parts were constructed, slots were carved out for the hinges and holes were drilled for the screws. The wood pieces were coated multiple times with brush-on Minwax clear gloss polyurethane. Then the hinges and clasp were installed. The pads shown were made of foam covered with white fabric and white lace.