Custom Walnut Anniversary Box

Custom Walnut Anniversary Box
Walnut and maple box

The Box

I am told the 5th wedding anniversary is the ‘Wood’ anniversary. Being a woodworker, expectations were not low, so I made this box and a companion pen for my wife as a gift. This box is built around a nice six deck set of playing cards she recently acquired.

The Wood

I made this box using primarily walnut and used maple for the splines and as a veneer. A good friend of mine gave me the walnut from his family farm. It was cut down over 50 years ago and sat in the barn for a while before he graciously gifted me some. The top and bottom panels are 1/4″ plywood for stability with the top one having a maple veneer on the outside that is visible between the two pieces of walnut on the lid.

I found some Walnut Burl stock on eBay (which turned surprisingly well) and made a nice pen to compliment the box. There is a spot open under the cards to store a pen and paper to keep scores on (she’s a big fan of Gin).

The Finish

The top and sides are the same wood, the only difference is that I oiled those top pieces first with Boiled Linseed Oil and let it cure for a week before coating the whole box with de-waxed shellac which I sprayed on. I then sprayed on a half a dozen coats of General Finishes High-Performance gloss for the top coat to seal everything up. For the inside, I covered it in flocking which is essentially felt but without the seams.



I bought my resources locally, but identical (or near identical) items are available on Amazon. I put those links below.

Boiled Linseed Oil:

Amber De-Waxed Shellac Flakes:

General Finishes High-Performance Top Coat:

Brusso© Solid Brass Hinges:

Adjustable Brass Ball Catch:

Flocking Applicator:

Flocking Material:

Flocking Glue:

Premium Playing Cards:

Althoff Woodshop Custom Pen

Interested in a custom box? Contact me.


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