How to Make Wine/Letter Wedding Box DIY
Wood Supplies Needed:
Kreg Jig pocket hole device
Framing Saw or Miter Saw
Benzomatic Blow Torch
3/4″ wood drill bit
1″ Finishing nails
1 1/4″ wood screws
weathered grey stain
clear satin polyurethane
lock and hasp
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
(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
- Clamp your Kreg Jig to your workbench, set jig to 7/8″ depth.
- Clam scrap wood to workbench so you can screw boards into 8.5″ legs.
- Mark 1 3/4″ from sides of boards and drill holes in boards on both ends.
- Place leg against clamped wood on bench, align side board flush to end and attach with screws.
Step 2: Assemble Box Body
Tools needed: Hammer, 1″ finish nails, 2-14.5″ (1×2), 2- 11″ (1×2), square
- 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.
Step 3: Attach the Bottom of the Box
Tools needed: 16″x12″ plywood, brad nails, hammer, jig saw
- Mark edges of the board to cut out 1/2″ squares off each corner.
- Tack board to braces in the bottom of the box.
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
- Use two clamps and line up boards and clamp together.
- Lay your bracket 3 1/2″ from side and 2 1/2″ from top. Screw into each slat to secure.
- Attach the lid with the hinges.
Step 5: Add Straps to Box Top
Tools needed: Wood glue, brad nails, 2- 14 1/4″ ripped straps
- Attach straps directly above the brackets of the lid and clamp to top of lid. Use brad nails to nail into bracket.
- Attach the strap pieces to the front of the lid and to the front of the box.
Step 6: Customize Aging and Stain
Tools needed: blow torch, stain color of your choice
- Make your piece unique by distressing it with a blow torch before you stain it.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Attach a 3/4″ strip of felt with Elmer’s glue to the wood pieces.
- 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.
Step 8: Attach Bottle Holder
Tools needed: An assistant and brad nails, finish nail, hammer
- Attach the top neck holder in the back right corner with finish nail.
- 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.
Step 9: Attach Divider Piece
Tools needed: Brad nails, hammer, small ripped strips, divider piece
- 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.
Step 10: Attach the Handles and Hasp
Tools needed: Handles, Hasp, screws, drill, square, level, small clamp, small drill bit, measuring tape
- 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.
- 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.
Step 11: Attach safety strap
Tools needed: Upholstery tacks, leather rope
- I didn’t want the lid to fall back too far. So I attached a safety strap.
Step 12: Time to Personalize!
Print out of name, pencil, paint brush, paint
- I made this for wedding gift. I printed their last name on the printer and made sure it would fit on the box.
- 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.
- 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!