Small boxes make perfect holiday gifts. Here’s one that’s a cinch to build and costs virtually nothing. I call it a ring box, but it could hold anything: candy, dried herbs, small shells—whatever you fancy.

When I’ve given these boxes to friends, the first thing they say is that it’s amazingly light. (That’s because it’s hollow!)

You can make a ring box from just about any type of wood, but it’s best to use three contrasting colors. I made the base of my box from jarrah, a medium-toned wood. The lid’s bottom layer is wenge, a dark wood, and the top layer is spalted maple, a light-colored wood with interesting grain patterns.

If you only have common domestic woods on hand, I’d recommend using cherry for the base, walnut for the lid’s bottom layer and maple or birch for the top layer.

by Tom Caspar

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30 Responses to “A Beautiful Ring Box”


    I'm logged into my account (premium membership), but don't see the video. How do I access the video George made of this project?

  2. Butch

    Learn something new

  3. Mary Brooks

    Love to try it.

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  6. Steve

    I make these and rather than use a screw, I use a pop rivet. I cut the pin side to about 3/4" long and glue the wider side into the top of the box from the underside.

  7. Alan

    Plans do not down load. I wish to used this as a Woods I project and the down loading of the pdf does not work. Error message states that he plans have expired. Any chance of reactivating the down load?

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  9. Jim

    Looking for a nice project for xmas gift for my daughter

  10. Bill Y

    I'm on the website but don't see a video or any link to the instructions. Just a finished picture. Help!?