Cool (I hope!) Yule Gifts

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Blog entry by DaveLeHardt posted 09-27-2010 01:41 AM 15139 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Decided I would try my hand and making Yule gifts this year. Pondered and asked and bounced project complexity with my fledgling talents and came up with with boxes for mom and sis, hand mirrors for daughter and nieces, Lego storage box for nephew, modified ammo crates for my two boys burgeoning Nerf gun armory, drill bit organizer for dad. Have a votive candle holder for wifey queued up, but she wants a new color laser printer first ;).

Started with the boxes first. Next up are the mirrors, then boxes.

Here’s what I have so far on the boxes.

Using one of the simpler boxes from the Box by Box book. I think the funky maple I found in Port Townsend will look really cool once they’re finished.

Along with this I’m finding that I seem to have a thing for hand tools and working with them on small projects like the boxes and now a picture frame for my parent’s 50th anniversary. Again want to use some of the maple, but decided to try out how I wanted to make the frame on some pine.

Using a nice little fixed 45 deg miter gauge I picked up at Rockler, I was able to cut a nice set of running miters from a single piece of pine; forgot to mark the matching sides, but with the help of plane and shooting board, I was able tighten up the miters nicely (at least for me!). Also put a bit of a bevel on it too. Won’t run the individual pieces thru again tho. Yikes! Even with a push-stick, that made me uncomfortable! So for the next prototype (got a couple of things to frame here with these), I ran the uncut pine thru with the same bevel set up on the saw. Much more better!

If you’re interested, the plane I’m using on the shooting board is a Groz smoothing plane with a iron from an Sears plane that’s my basket case rehab quest. Tooks a bit of time and effort to tune it, but it’s wicked sharp and cuts a sweet curl.

-- What? Me worry?!

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