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.