This nerdy guy planned an elaborate proposal for his girlfriend using a tree he had chopped down as inspiration. The end result is actually quite cool.
This is Lexi. She is just totally awesome and I decided I needed to wife her.
We had recently chopped down some mesquite trees at my parents cabin.
I decided to attempt my first real woodworking project that didn't involve lumber from home depot.
I made a ring box!
Sorry I didn't take any pics of the process. It was pretty simple though.
That went so well I formed a plan for the proposal and set about making a treasure chest/Jewelery Box
After I cut and planed the wood I sanded it down, squared it off and made the rough box.
Started cutting thinner slats for the rounded top.
The next part was harder than I thought too. I was originally going to shape each slat to groove into each other.
Thank god for wood filler! From here it was just sand, sand, sand.
And I had already stained it and done a ton of boiled linseed oil for that smooth vintage feel.
But of course I had to nerd it up. I bought and arduino, read some tutorials, added some RGB leds and speaker screen.
Bought this little guy of electronics123.com. Its a USB programable sound module with motion sensor activation.
The LEDS start when latch is flipped via a momentary pushbutton and the zelda chest opening music plays.
She isn't into diamonds, so I found the coolest gemstone I could (Alexandrite) and bought her a set of synthetic earrings.
Once I new she liked them I tracked down the real stuff from a guy in Canada.
They change from bluish green to purple (her favorite colors) in different types of light.
I designed a custom ring based on her mom and grandmothers ring combined with what I hoped was her taste.
I wanted to go all alexandrite but christ that rock is pricy past half a carat. The center stone is a color shift sapphire.
The sapphire was a nice choice to add some weight and it still changes just less dramatic.
I took her to this awesome 3/4 mile deep cave and had her find the treasure chest at the end
She said yes! This was an amazingly fun project and truly a labor of love. I can't wait to make more stuff with the mesquite!