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Rob’s engagement ring box

I have been rather busy these last few weeks, and I haven’t put up many posts. I have also had a few projects that, for one reason or another, I haven’t been able to post. One of those projects was an engagement ring box that Rob made for his girlfriend Jen. He approached me a while back with an idea that he had for the box, but wanted me to not post anything until after the engagement.

Rob's design sketch

Rob’s design sketch

I asked Rob to draw up what he wanted, so he generated the above sketch. I am limited to doing 3D models in the engineering software that I use at work, so my version was a bit less flowing than his, but it gave me a good starting point.

The cad model

The cad model

I softened the edges a bit more and imported the image into the Carvewright software.

Cad model brought into the Carvewright software

Cad model brought into the Carvewright software

 

Carving the heart

Carving the heart

We fired up the carver, and half an hour later, we had the lid to the ring box.

Pretty close to the sketch

Pretty close to the sketch

The next step was to start the rest of the box. I had a small piece of 6/4 cherry, that we cut down to 3″ wide and 3″ deep. Rob drilled out a 1-1/4″ hole in the center, about 1″ deep, then we attached the top piece with double-sided tape.

Drilling out the body of the box

Drilling out the body of the box

Rob cut out both pieces together, on the band saw.

Cutting out the shape

Cutting out the shape

 

Box roughed out

Box roughed out

He shifted over to the scroll saw to clean up some areas that were too rough from the band saw.

Doing some detail cuts on the scroll saw

Doing some detail cuts on the scroll saw

Then cleaned the rest up with the spindle sander.

Cleaning up the body

Cleaning up the body

Rob used my Dremel tool to sand all of the nooks and crannies.

Detail sanding the carve

Detail sanding the carve

 

Top and bottom mounted on dowels

Top and bottom mounted on dowels

We drilled a 1/4″ hole, off to one side, then cut a short piece of dowel to press into it as a pivot point instead of a hinge.

First coat of Tung oil

First coat of Tung oil

Before installing the dowel, I made a plate with two longer dowels, to use as a mount for the top and bottom, for finishing.

Rob applied several coats of Tung oil until he brought out the natural iridescence of the wood.

Third coat of oil, starting to glow

Third coat of oil, starting to glow

The box turned out really nicely, when all assembled.

Dowel pressed into the pivot point and ring loaded up

Dowel pressed into the pivot point and ring loaded up

Rob popped the question yesterday, in the middle of a corn maze.

Rob on one knee

Rob on one knee

 

Jen mulling over the question...

Jen mulling over the question…

 

She said YES!!!

She said YES!!!

 

And didn't say anything else for a while...

And didn’t say anything else for a while…

Funny, I am not sure she ever looked at the box…

3 comments on “Rob’s engagement ring box

  1. Jen
    October 27, 2014

    I totally noticed the box! It’s beautiful!! Thank you so much for helping ☺

  2. Mary Wells
    March 1, 2015

    The box is awesome! It is beautiful and I am sure it will be treasured.

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