The the stock gets run through the surface planer, jointed face down. The cutters above the wood smooth the upper face and make it parallel to the jointed face. I keep making passes and lowering the cutter head until the stock is 5/16" thick.
I chose this piece of wood specifically because it should match up well even at the fourth corner despite taking a short-cut.
I bevel the edges so all end grain is hidden inside the corners.
By rolling this strip of parts up, the strip becomes a box. The masking tape hold the corner joints together and if the 45° bevels were perfectly cut, the joints close up perfectly - as these do. Because I have good wood-to-wood contact throughout the joints, clamps are not needed. I clean up any glue squeeze-out from the inside corners and apply glue to the top edges.
I'll let this assembly sit until the glue hardens up well.
OK, we're back.
Once the top is flush to the sides I use a 1/2" radius router bit in my router table to round over the front and back edges to give it a domed look.
Positioning the hinges is important. If I don't get them just right - top and bottom - the lid will not line up correctly with the base, and on a box this small, even just a smidge off will be noticeable.
Next comes the hasp - not nearly as complicated as the hinges; I just need to get it centered and be sure there is the proper amount of tension when the lever clips over the stud.
And that completes construction of the box, so I can clean up a bit and put away the tools. Then Cochise and I will go out for another little stroll.
I will not glue this pad into the box. Once the ring is on permanent display on Bonnie's hand, this box may be re-purposed as a small jewelry box. She *may* want to remove the pad to make for room for treasures. Maybe not... but I'll give her the option.
All that remains now is to package it up and send it on it's way. I hope Dan and Bonnie will be pleased with it and that their marriage will be long and happy. Bless you both!