Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Black Walnut Wedding Gift Box

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This box was designed to accomodate cards and letters for the bride and groom.

The top is accented with bands of Cardinalwood and Curly Maple, which are defined with edges of black-stained veneer.

Other than the black veneer, no stains or dyes have been used. The rich colours that you see are the natural colours of the finished woods.


Overall exterior dimensions are about 12 7/8" x 10 7/8" x 4 1/2"  (32.7 x 27.6 x 11.4 cm)

Interior (bottom): approx 11 7/8" x 10" x 3 1/8"  (30.2 x 25.4 x 8 cm)


Interior and exterior are finished with Danish Oil, a penetrating resin. Exterior is further finished with a three-stage wax process, the final stage being carnuba.  The resultant finish is smooth, durable, and appealing.

Woods Used:

Curly MapleCardinalwood, Black Walnut


Mitred corners reinforced with Cardinalwood  keys.

Sides are solid 1/2" (13mm) thick Black Walnut.

Top was made from solid woods into an assembly about 1/2" (13 mm) thick. It was then re-sawn into two pieces about 1/8" (3mm) thick which are laminated to both sides of 1/4" (6 mm) plywood. This construction not only makes the interior of the top as attractive as the exterior, but also prevents warping of the top.



Solid brass quadrant hinges.

Interior is  lined with a luxurious burgundy faux-suede.