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Engagement ring box

  • October 27, 2017


So it was time for me to pop the question and I knew I wanted something special to it. I decided to make her engagement ring box out of purple heart and walnut. I started with 3 pieces of 3/4" walnut and 3 pieces of 1/4" walnut. First I glued up all 3 pieces of purple heart and 1 piece of walnut. Then I cut it on my bandsaw and added the other vertical piece of walnut. Routed the top edge and then cut the box open. Next I made a jig for my router to bore out the inside cavity. I cheated a little bit and drilled a hole in each corner of the inside cavity and placed my router on top, this gave me my max locations, and is where I nailed on the guides for the jig. Once that was bored out I drilled my holes for the barrel hinges and magnets (hinges were the tricky part). Once it was all assembled I was able to get 2 coats of General Finish Arm R Seal on it (I really wanted to get 6+ coats but ran out of time). Next was the surprise of her lifetime... She said yes!!

Tools used - Miter saw, bandsaw, bench top stationary sander, orbital sander, drill/driver (making jig),nail gun, router.

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Comments (4)

  • Wow - this is beautiful! What a great way to make such a big moment so special and more personal and heartfelt. She is a very lucky lady!

    By hlweber

  • So thoughtful! We like the wood you chose - any particular reasoning for these two types of wood? Congratulations!

    By RYOBI Nation
    • Mostly just because of the contrast, but I guess the name Purple Heart when proposing adds something special. The Purple Heart is a super hard wood too, so it should last for a long long time :)

      By Sawdust&Beer

  • What an amazing box. It looks like you worked very hard on this.... My question is how did she not find out must have taken you a very long time. She is a very lucky lady that is for sure, do you make anything that you sale? I would be very interested to see what you all you can make. That for sure is a talent.

    By vadams

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