Whiskey Gift Box

On of the firemen on my crew is turning 40 this weekend. I’ve had him since he was just a pup and we’ve worked together from his first day, on and off for 12 years. If everything goes to plan, he’ll be with me until I retire in a few years. He’s a simple guy, very hard working, but never wants to take credit. He’d rather get a bottle of whiskey in a brown bag for his birthday than something wrapped in paper with a card. That said, I picked up a nice bottle with him in mind when we were in Scotland a while back. But I wasn’t going to just put it in a bag, so I knocked together a simple box for it. 

I’m pretty sure the wood is redwood. It came from some very old fence boards I picked up on the road at some point. Could be cedar, but it doesn’t smell like it. Either way, it’s been a while since I worked with softwood. Forgot how easy it is to work!

I milled down a bunch of the boards to 1/2”. Several of them were split, so I needed to work around the defects when laying out. I used the 1/4x1/4x1/4 method on the router table with a couple small deviations for jointing. Simple and clean. 

The fit was about perfect, but since it’s supposed to have a sliding panel I pared down the sliding joints by hand. Once again, gotta love softwood! Also got to use my new block plane chamfering jig!

A little bit of laser work for flare, some minor clean up and I glued it up. 

Simple finish with Danish oil for a simple man. I’ll give it a day and a bit to cure a little and probably buff it up on the Beale wheels just ‘cause.

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".


That's an excellent gift Ryan. Long after the bottle is empty and gone he'll still have this awesome box.
Nice! I have friends who still talk about boxes I made for them when I was just starting. Amazing how putting something in a box classes it right up, and then you put something classy in, to boot. Well done!

May you have the day you deserve!

It’s a good bottle for a good guy. The least I could do was make a good box to go along with…

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

I’m no drinker but do so love the box and the fact you got the bottle from Scotland!

Life’s Good, Enjoy Each New Day’s Blessings

The gift is perfect!

Nice work all the way around.


Great project and presentation R'gi....

Why can't more people make such an effort to highlight their talents.

You should have engraved the recipients name on the box... Saves any potential re gifting and have them blazing in the glory of a great present...

Cheap and woodwortking in the same sentenc is an oxymoron!

Nice. It is 4 am and now I need a drink. Thanks for planting a seed. All kidding aside, nice box.  
nice gift 🎁 GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Very nice Ryan.....You really did that bottle proud!!


what a great gift to say thank you. he's gonna love it.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Added touches turn a bottle in a bag into a fine gift with the personal touch of sincerity 👍
Nice gift box, Ryan!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Good friends deserve good gifts.   Well done.   Like the wood.  


I told LBD’s advice and added his name and birthdate. It was a good call ducky. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Whenever I hit the wall of creative burnout I always build a box. The joinery choices seem inexhaustable and design has no limit as well. Your material choice of I believe VG fir shows to great effect and the slider is just icing on the cake. Very well done.

Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

Nice job Ryan, I find the laser adds to some projects and I think this is one of them. Did you create the pinstriping or find it on the web? Either way it looks great.

.................. John D....................

No, I found the pinstripe pattern online then modified it in lightburn. Thanks for the comments all!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nicely done Ryan, and a wonderful presentation for a gift.

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