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Blog entry by BarbS posted 10-25-2009 10:23 PM 4647 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It feels so-o-o good to get into the shop and begin preparations for this years’ Christmas giving. I’m gluing up thicknesses of shaped clipboards to use with Lee Valley’s brass hardware clip with calculator and pen holder.
and made up some turning blanks to use for handles on ice cream scoops from Rockler.
Feel like I’m back in the saddle after too long a time!


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#1 posted 10-25-2009 10:35 PM

Nothing like making gifts for other people to lift your spirits. Sounds like a nice collection of projects!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-25-2009 10:37 PM

Great idea. I’ve been starting to think about this year’s gift giving, and I’m definitely adding this to the list of ideas.

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#3 posted 10-25-2009 10:57 PM

hey dont for get me i hope i’m on that x-mas list,lol. these are gonna be some nice presents i hope the people who get them are happy cuz there hand made and come from the heart?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#4 posted 10-25-2009 11:28 PM

Do you have my address?

Can’t wait to see pictures.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#5 posted 10-26-2009 12:25 AM

Hey Barbs
Glad your busy in the shop. Sounds like a great gift Idea.

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#6 posted 10-26-2009 02:24 AM


Those sound beautiful. I hope you’ll put up pics.

I just started a classic “Carpenter’s Tool Box” for my wife’s about-to-turn 2 y/o grandson. I’ll fill it with plastic tools. It’s also my first crack at dovetails. He won’t be able to lift it, now, but … should have it for life.

I want to thank Grizzman for reminding me how much fun it is to do things like this for the little ones (or for others, generally).

Have fun!

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 10-26-2009 02:36 AM

Hi Autumn! and Everyone…
Okay, here is a photo of today’s prototype:
Clipboard prototype

Comments welcome.

I glued two 16”x14” pieces of hardboard back to back, drilled for the attached clip with calculator and spring-holder for a pen, then drilled a shallow hole to inset a brass moon/stars jewelry thingy at the bottom. Others may be inlaid at the sides with borders. I have four of these to do.
The thing is a bit heavy, but is intended as a lap-board for bill-paying more than as a clipboard. I may attach an elastic strap across the upper left corner to hold onto checks or envelopes. I can use mahogany, but am afraid a thin piece even 12” wide will inevitably warp. The hardboard isn’t very pretty. I’ll think about it. Cherry ply might be best. What do you all think?


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#8 posted 10-26-2009 03:57 AM

Barb, how thick is each piece of Harboard? Could you get away with one thickness? Either way, have you considered veneering the hardboard? Curly maple veneer or Cherry would be a nice touch. I like what you’ve done already and neat ideas for Christmas. Well done.

-- John @

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#9 posted 10-26-2009 04:02 AM

huff- 1/8” hardboard…had to double it because the clip is attached with nuts and bolts (tiny brass ones) to counter the force of the strong spring clip. Even at 1/4” the little bolts protrude behind and need to be filed off. Ply would definitely be lighter.


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#10 posted 10-26-2009 03:43 PM

That’s very generous of you..I’ll trade you for some lathe work you need!
I can only resaw on my Laguna to 12”, so that would cut the size down quite a bit, but maybe to no detriment. I’d love to paw through your wood stash..thanks.


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#11 posted 10-27-2009 07:30 AM

The way you describe things…you must be a writer.
Great possibilities!


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#12 posted 10-28-2009 05:28 PM

Great idea for Christmas gifts. Clipboards (especially home grown ones) are a useful item. Can’t ever have too many.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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