Mahogany, Ebony, and Brass Engagement Ring Box

tutorial

#1

I didn’t laser cut anything on this project, but wanted to share an engagement ring box I made. Almost all of the parts could have been designed for and cut on a laser cutter, but since I was trying to get acquainted with designing tool paths for the CNC mill at work, I went ahead and milled everything. I intend on redesigning this for the laser cutter (sans pins) once I get my GF.

I didn’t approach this with the idea of writing a tutorial, so there are some pretty substantial gaps, but you can get an idea of the process here: https://imgur.com/gallery/jSUVK


#2

Beautiful! Nice job on that! Congrats on her saying yes!
What kind of Mill you running? I have a Haas TM1P and an old Bridgeport explorer.


#3

Thank you! It’s a ProtoTRAK. I’m not sure of the model as it’s not my mill, but I love working on huge metal-working tools because they’re just so rigid!


#4

Very nice work! Congratulations! I have so many things I want to make that have the iris opening. It is really cool to see it used for a ring box. :ring:


#5

Oh, this gives me ideas. :slight_smile:


#6

Oh, me too! Love the irising effect on boxes! That’s gorgeous! :smile:


#7

Love that design. Sparks all kinds of ideas.


#8

Very cool project. I really like the looks of the cylinder with the brick pattern. Thank you for sharing. :grin:


#9

Oh wow, that is SO cool! Just the type of thing I would expect to see in the Design store.


#10

Congratulations! Very nicely done. The only other thing you wouldn’t be able to do besides the pins, would be to cut the brass. You could however, cut a nice filigree pattern onto some chemical resistant masking film and etch, or sandblast, it into the surface of the parts.


#11

Thank you! Yeah, you’re right about that. Before milling the brass, I did a test cut of the leaflets from some 1/8" walnut scrap and they looked pretty nice.


#12

Thanks, @cdoug, @Jules, @kennethclapp, @davidgal2, @cynd11!!


#13

“I’m going to throw up!” Is true love. That’s the same thing my wife said when seeing our firstborn!


#14

Amazing craftsmanship. My wife would love it - I haven’t met her yet - but I know she would.!!!


#15

To substitute for the pins consider acrylic rod, which can be as small as 1/16 and can be cut to length by the GF


#16

Oh wow, this is gorgeous!!! Amazing job!

Another substitute for the pins could be piano wire- can’t laser cut them but a nice hefty pair of wire cutters’ll snip through them like butter :slight_smile: Although I’ve never tried sanding them down to be flush with a surface, so it could take some adjustments.


#17

That is wonderful! I love the minimal design of it, yet it is very elegant. Great job.


#18

Should have made it with sharp blades inside…so you can say to her…" Snatch the pebble (ring) from my hand grasshopper "…ok welll maybe not…but still !


#19

Wonderful design! Like a flower blooming. Elegant simplicity!


#20

Wow–this is absolutely gorgeous. You could vary this design for so many different themes.