Corbin Dunn
Redwood Monkey

Wedding Boxes

Woodworking

I recently went to the weddings of a few of my friends. Last weekend Tom and Nancy had a “Wedding Camp” celebration, and two weeks ago Andy and Irene got married in their barn. Both weddings were amazing, and Louise and I were very happy to be there with our friends.

In the pursuit of avoiding standard gifts, I decided to employ my woodworking skills and make them some boxes out of “nice” wood. Here’s some pictures of the building process.

I used cocobolo wood for the top; it is an exotic hardwood. I try to avoid exotic woods for obvious eco-reasons, but I just couldn’t help myself. The wood is beautiful, and I had seen it several times at the Global Woodsource store and just had to buy a piece. It is expensive, and I bought a small $60 piece.

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The bottom of the boxes is made out of an american wood — sycamore. When quartersawn, it has a beautiful speckled pattern. Best of all, it is a cheap wood, and $20 bought me a nice huge piece of wood.

Here’s a shot of the boxes in progress:

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After gluing them together, I used my newly built router table to route out some slots for keys:

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A few hours later, the keys were glued in and dried. I cut them off with a saw and sanded them smooth:

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Next the top was cut off the boxes using the table saw. I don’t cut them all the way through, and leave a tiny bit on (seen in the photo) that I cut through with a utility knife.

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After a bunch of sanding, I finished the boxes with a eco-friendly water-based finish (sprat on):

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The keys are actually centered from top to bottom, but it would have looked better if I centered them up to the chamfer on the top.

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did not see them – they look nice

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Corbin,

What kind of a saw is that in the fourth picture? Do the teeth go all the way around that curve?

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Hey John,
It’s actually a little hand saw. The teeth do go up around the curve, but not on the top of the blade. It is handy for doing really close cuts.
-corbin

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Corbin —

Very nice — a beautiful handmade gift is the best kind of gift. Well done.

Nick

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