A wine ceremony box needs to have something inside that keeps the wine bottle and anything else from rattling around. This is a handmade box, so it would be out of place to use bubble wrap, or paper. If you use plane shavings, you can pad the inside of the box, and add another woodworking touch to the piece.
I prefer to use plane shavings for all of my wine boxes. The only other option that I liked was to use newspaper from the same day as the wedding. If you don’t want to worry about buying a paper on your wedding day, the plane shavings are a great alternative.
Use a hand plane to create plane shavings from a soft wood like Pine. First, clamp the piece with the edge facing up in a vise. Then, set your hand plane to a very fine cut. Now, plane off extremely thin curls until you have enough to fill the wine ceremony box.
Very fine plane shavings have a nice bounce and softness to them. They will pad the box very well, and they compress easily.
On the big day, simply fill the wine ceremony box about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way with plane shavings. Then, once you place the bottle of wine and the letters inside, top it off with more plane shavings before closing the lid.
I show complete step by step instructions for the wine ceremony box in a four part series of articles. If you are interested in making something like this, the posts make it very easy to follow along.
Part one deals with making the box. Part two shows how to add an exotic wood binding. Then, part three shows how to add an inlaid family monogram. Finally, part four shows how to finish the box and make the pegs used for sealing it at the wedding.
Plane shavings like this are also great inside small gift items. If you make pens, and give them away in small boxes, plane shavings can be a nice touch. Bed your gift boxes with very fine curls. Then, lay the pen on top. Seal the box, and you have added a nice touch to your handmade gift.
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