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How to Make Wine/Letter Wedding Box DIY

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Wood Supplies Needed:     

1- 8″x1″
1- 2″x2″
1-1″x4″
1-1″2″
1/4″ plywood

Equipment Needed

Drill
Tack Hammer
Kreg Jig pocket hole device
Sander
Table saw
Framing Saw or Miter Saw
Jig Saw
Square
Clamps
Workbench
Benzomatic Blow Torch
Small Level
Scissors
Putty Knife
3/4″ wood drill bit
round file


Misc Supplies: 

1″ Finishing nails
1 1/4″ wood screws
brad nails
wood glue
Elmer’s Glue
black felt
weathered grey stain
clear satin polyurethane
mask
rubber gloves
safety goggles
upholstery nails
leather string
2 hinges
2 handles
lock and hasp

Cut List:

2- 14.5″ (1×8) front and back
2- 11″    (1×8) sides
4-8.5″  (2×2) legs
2-14.5″  (1×2) bottom front/back brace
2-11″     (1×2) bottom side braces
1- 12 3/8″ (1×8)  divider
4- 5 3/4″ x      ripped strips divider holder
1- 4″  (1×2)  wine bottle top holder
1- 10″ (1×2) wine bottle bottom holder
1- 16″x12″ plywood bottom
4- 17.5″ (1×4) top slats
2-10″ (1×2) top slat brackets
2-14.5″ plywood straps top
2-7 7/8″ plywood straps front
2- 3/4″ plywood straps frond edge

Instructions:
(sand all your cut pieces before assembling them)

Step 1:   Assemble Box Body

Tools needed: Kreg Jig, clamps, drill, 4- 8.5″ (2×2), 2- 14.5″ (1×8), 2- 11″ (1×8), 16 1 1/4″ screws, square, sander

  1. Clamp your Kreg Jig to your workbench, set jig to 7/8″ depth.
  2. Clam scrap wood to workbench so you can screw boards into 8.5″ legs.
  3. Mark 1 3/4″ from sides of boards and drill holes in boards on both ends.
  4. Place leg against clamped wood on bench, align side board flush to end and attach with screws.
Build Box Body

Build Box Body

Clamp Jig to Workbench

Drill Pocket Holes

Drill Pocket Holes

Drill Pocket Holes

Attach legs to boards

Attach legs to boards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2:   Assemble Box Body

Tools needed: Hammer, 1″ finish nails, 2-14.5″ (1×2), 2- 11″ (1×2), square

  1. Attach the brace pieces to the bottom of the box in between the legs, make sure they are flush with the sides of the box so they are not hanging over. Use your square.
Attach braces to bottom

Attach braces to bottom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3:   Attach the Bottom of the Box

Tools needed: 16″x12″ plywood, brad nails, hammer, jig saw

  1. Mark edges of the board to cut out 1/2″ squares off each corner.
  2. Tack board to braces in the bottom of the box.

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Step 4:   Assemble Box Top

Tools needed: 4- 17 1/2″ (1×4) slats, 2- 10″ (1×2) brace boards, 16-  1 1/4″ screws, square, sander, drill, hinges

  1. Use two clamps and line up boards and clamp together.
  2. Lay your bracket 3 1/2″ from side and 2 1/2″ from top. Screw into each slat to secure.
  3. Attach the lid with the hinges.
Secure boards with brace

Secure boards with brace

Back view of hinges

Back view of hinges

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5:   Add Straps to Box Top

Tools needed: Wood glue, brad nails, 2- 14 1/4″ ripped straps

  1. Attach straps directly above the brackets of the lid and clamp to top of lid. Use brad nails to nail into bracket.
  2. Attach the strap pieces to the front of the lid and to the front of the box.
Attach straps to top of lid

Attach straps to top of lid

Attach straps to front of box

Attach straps to front of box

Attach to front of lid

Attach to front of lid

Hold brad nails with eraser

Hold brad nails with eraser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Customize Aging and Stain

Tools needed: blow torch, stain color of your choice

  1. Make your piece unique by distressing it with a blow torch before you stain it.
Distress with blow torch

Distress with blow torch

Distress your project

Distress your project

Stain project

Stain project

Stain inside too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7:   Bottle Neck and Bottom Holder

Tools needed: 3/4″ Wood drill bit, piece of wood for bottle neck holder, jig saw, clamps, felt, scissors, Elmer’s glue

  1. Drill a hole in the 4″ (1×2) close to the edge. Use a jig saw to remove the thin pieces of wood off the edge. You can use a file to smooth edges and sand a bit, but it will be covered in felt so don’t worry about it that much. You will need to clamp down the wood piece.
  2. Mark shape and slits for glass stems. Clamp 10″ (1×2) to edge of workbench and use jig saw to cut out shapes. File or sand rough edges.
  3. Attach a 3/4″ strip of felt with Elmer’s glue to the wood pieces.
  4. Bottom box felt 16″x12″ and notch out 1/2″ square from each corner of felt. Use putty knife to spread the glue evenly. Lay felt down and press into place. Smooth bottom with hands to make sure it is attached well.
Drill hole in wood

Drill hole in wood

Finished pieces

Finished pieces

Remove 1/2" square from each corner

Remove 1/2″ square from each corner

Spread glue with putty knife

Spread glue with putty knife

Glue down felt

Glue down felt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8:   Attach Bottle Holder

Tools needed: An assistant and brad nails, finish nail, hammer

  1. Attach the top neck holder in the back right corner with finish nail.
  2. Attach the bottom bottle holder to he front right edge 5/8″ away from the front of the box, room for the glass bottoms to sit in. Use brad nails and tack hammer. You will need an assistant to put pressure on the piece of wood . Hang the bottom of the box over the edge of the work bench. Find spot where you will hit the wood and tack nails in to hold piece of wood in place.
Bottle neck holder top right

Bottle neck holder top right

Bottom holder front of box

Bottom holder front of box

Make room for the glass base

Make room for the glass base

Hold brad nails with eraser

Hold brad nails with eraser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 9:   Attach Divider Piece

Tools needed: Brad nails, hammer, small ripped strips, divider piece

  1. Insert the divider so that it touches the end of the bottom bottle holder. Apply glue to the wood strip and insert it in the box next to the board to hold it into place. Remove the board and tack into place with brad nails. Repeat for all four strips to create a groove for the board to slide in and out of.
Divider piece and ripped strips

Divider piece and ripped strips

Stained pieces

Stained pieces

Attach strips

Attach strips

Square it up

Square it up

Removable divider

Removable divider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 10:   Attach the Handles and Hasp

Tools needed: Handles, Hasp, screws, drill, square, level, small clamp, small drill bit, measuring tape

  1. Find the center of box and center of handle, make small marks and align 1 1/4″ from top edge of box. Use clamps to hold handle in place and use level to adjust placement, make pilot hold with small drill bit then screw into place.
  2. Find the center of the lid and center of hasp. Hold in place and make pilot holes with drill bit. Attach with screws make sure the attachment hands perpendicular to the box and not crooked. Mark where to attach the other piece, close lid to make sure it is properly aligned.
Make sure it is level

Make sure it is level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carefully align

Carefully align

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 11:  Attach safety strap

Tools needed: Upholstery tacks, leather rope

  1. I didn’t want the lid to fall back too far. So I attached a safety strap.
Upholstery tacks and leather string

Upholstery tacks and leather string

Tack to inside

Tack to inside

Tack to lid

Tack to lid

Perfect!

Perfect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 12:   Time to Personalize!

Print out of name, pencil, paint brush, paint

  1. I made this for  wedding gift. I printed their last name on the printer and made sure it would fit on the box.
  2. Color the backside of the paper with pencil and place on the box right side up. Trace the name and the name will transfer onto the box.
  3. Carefully paint in the lines. This was the most nerve wracking because I got all this way and was terrified I was going to mess up the final step!
Printed name from  printer

Printed name from printer

Color back with pencil

Color back with pencil

Trace name

Trace name

Transferred name

Transferred name

Wedding Wine/Letter Box

Wedding Wine/Letter Box