How To Nail Your Marriage Proposal With A Homemade Treasure Chest (28 pics)

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This guy wanted to make sure that his proposal was as romantic as possible. He put a lot of effort into it even cutting down a tree to make a homemade treasure chest. It looks like the effort paid off because she said yes.

This is Lexi

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She is just totally awesome and I decided I needed to wife her.


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We had recently chopped down some mesquite trees at my parents cabin.


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I decided to attempt my first real woodworking project that didn't involve lumber from home depot.


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I made a ring box!


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Sorry I didn't take any pics of the process. It was pretty simple though.



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That went so well I formed a plan for the proposal and set about making a treasure chest/Jewelery Box


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After I cut and planed the wood I sanded it down, squared it off and made the rough box.


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Holy crap turning a tree into 90 degree angles was harder than I expected!


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Started cutting thinner slats for the rounded top.


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The next part was harder than I thought too. I was originally going to shape each slat to groove into each other.


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Thank god for wood filler! From here it was just sand, sand, sand.


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Turned out almost perfectly even. Not bad for a first attempt.


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Now its time for the hardware. I did this without powertools because i was afraid to screw up.


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And I had already stained it and done a ton of boiled linseed oil for that smooth vintage feel.


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I set the hinges and didnt stain the inside since i was going to cover it with felt anyway.


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At this point I was pretty damn proud.


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But of course I had to nerd it up. I bought and arduino, read some tutorials, added some RGB leds and speaker screen.


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Bought this little guy of electronics123.com. Its a USB programable sound module with motion sensor activation.


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The LEDS start when latch is flipped via a momentary pushbutton and the zelda chest opening music plays.


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She isn't into diamonds, so I found the coolest gemstone I could (Alexandrite) and bought her a set of synthetic earrings.


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Once I new she liked them I tracked down the real stuff from a guy in Canada.


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They change from bluish green to purple (her favorite colors) in different types of light.


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I designed a custom ring based on her mom and grandmothers ring combined with what I hoped was her taste.


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I wanted to go all alexandrite but christ that rock is pricy past half a carat. The center stone is a color shift sapphire.


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The sapphire was a nice choice to add some weight and it still changes just less dramatic.


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I took her to this awesome 3/4 mile deep cave and had her find the treasure chest at the end


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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!


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№1 Author: Phynix4 (10 Nov 2014 21:03) Total user comments: 5461


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she doesn't like diamonds.....what?!?
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№2 Author: mobius (11 Nov 2014 02:07) Total user comments: 1073


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She landed a cool guy. Hope she was worth it. Good luck!
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№3 Author: Egbert (11 Nov 2014 13:21) Total user comments: 393


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Why did he kill that poor tree?!
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№4 Author: Tomaz86 (14 Nov 2014 13:42) Total user comments: 10834


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