custom ring box made from fallen birch tree
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Step 1: Gather Supplies, Prep Wood
-fallen tree (1 1/2" - 2" diameter)
-old ring box
-small wood chisels
prep tree by cutting desired length and cut off top third for cover, sand surfaces (not bark) smooth
Step 2: Drill Pilot Hole in Center of Log
mark center of log and drill pilot hole part way through log
Step 3: Chisel Out Center of Bottom of Box
chisel out enough to fit ring width and depth
Step 4: Chisel Out Cover
chisel out cover to make concave dome
Step 5: Sand and Stain
sand smooth any new rough areas, stain wood surfaces (I used light stain to bring out grain)
Step 6: Apply Hinge
apply small hinge and ensure cover opens and closes evenly
Step 7: Polyurethane
I applied 4 coats of polyurethane, allowing drying time in between coats
Step 8: Apply Foam Ring Holder
use foam ring holder from old ring box and cut in circle the diameter of the box hole, enjoy new custom ring box!!