My lovely spouse had the idea of having people drop cards off at our wedding into a box that looked sort of like an old-timey beer shipping crate. She found an example on etsy, and I gave it a shot.
The crate is 19 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 9 5/8" (width, height, depth), made of pine, and assembled in a rustic style. I used a lot of visible nails to join it together. Unlike a lot of furniture, especially the kind of styles that I prefer where invisible joinery is the goal, this is designed to have a rustic style, so the nails work. Also, pine is not really a wood that I typically use. It's light weight, not very strong or durable (janka hardness of 380 lbf), but is common as can be. I picked it up SFS (surfaced on all four sides) from Home Depot. Its light weight also makes it easy to schlep around.
Pine is light in color, a sort of yellowish shade that verges toward white without ever really getting there. The project manager had a darker color in mind, so we turned to stain, specifically, Spiced Walnut Oil Stain, 1/2 Pint. Here's the outcome:
|It started like this|
|It finished like this|
After staining, we stenciled the name and date on with some white paint.
I would be happy to make one for your wedding as well, will stencil on your name and date too, and have them up on my etsy store: Here.