Making a Wooden Ring Box





In a previous Instructable I made a ring as a gift but the ring needs a box for presentation. This is a companion Instructable on making a wooden ring box to hold the ring. This ring box is made from an exotic hardwood called bocote.

The ring that is in the box:

Step 1: Materials and Tools


  • Hardwood - I used bocote
  • Epoxy glue
  • Finishing Nail
  • Nail with a large head
  • Tiny rare earth magnet


  • Tablesaw, jigsaw or handsaw
  • Belt sander
  • Various grits of sandpaper
  • Drill and drill bits
  • 1" Forstner bit

  • Drill press (optional)

Step 2: Video Making the Box

Check out the video to see how the box was made, written steps follow

Step 3: Cut the Wood

I used a table saw and jigsaw to make the cuts to size the wood to the proper sizes, a handsaw can be used too. The final size of the box will be 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/5", so when making the cuts I left a little extra to account for sanding.

for the bottom thickness: 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1 5/8"

the cover thickness: 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 3/8"

The cut pieces were all leveled and evened on a belt sander.

Step 4: Rotating Cover

Instead of a flip hinge for the top, I went with a spin top cover. It's very simple, I drilled a hole through the bottom of the main part of the box with the lid in place the same size as a finishing nail. I made sure to measure the length before drilling and mark the length on the drill bit.

Step 5: Drilling the Main Compartment

For the main body of the box, I used a forstner bit and drill press and drilled out the body of the box. I marked the center and then drilled, if you don't have a drill press you can use a regular drill.

Step 6: Gluing in the Nail for the Rotating Top Cover

The nail was glued into the main body of the box using some epoxy glue. Do not glue it to the cover and be sure to wipe off excess glue before it cures or else it will be hard to remove.

Step 7: Sanding and Finishing

Using a belt sander the flats of the box were leveled. Then to finish the box, it was sanded on fine grits of sand paper, I think I used 280 or 320 and possibly 400.

To clean the dust off the box i used some rubbing alcohol so to prevent the grain from being raised. The box was then finished with some Antique oil which really brings out the deep color of the bocote hardwood.

Step 8: Magnetic Cover Holder

To hold the cover in place, two small holes were drilled in the main body of the box and cover then a small rare earth magnet was glued in the body of the box and the head of a nail was glued into the cover.

Step 9: Finished Box With Ring

The box is finished! The magnet holds the cover in place nicely. Some cotton was used to cushion the ring.

Vote for me in the gifts Instructables if you like this or my other ring Instructable that goes with this one. Thanks!



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    9 Discussions


    Question 5 months ago

    that looks awesome! i'm making a coin ring and that would be the perfect box for it. you said you put cotton in there until you find something better. have you found anything else to put in there?


    Question 6 months ago on Introduction

    I have to do a project for engineering,and really dont know much about woodwork. So my project is a wooden ring, inside a wooden box. is there anyway you can help me


    1 year ago



    2 years ago

    This was so helpful when I made it myself. Great job!!!

    The grain of this box is gorgeous! Looks a lot like zebra wood! Awesome job!


    2 years ago

    That wood looks great, and the box really works with the grain pattern. Nice choice. :)


    2 years ago

    Looks really nice. Cool looking wood.


    2 years ago

    Very cool!