Something with an "R"

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Project by sras posted 06-14-2015 08:32 PM 2121 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is for a gift exchange between my brother, sister-in-law and my wife & myself.

One requirement is that the gift is handmade (at least mostly). Another is that it follow a theme. These are drawn from an idea box after the previous gifts are exchanged. For this gift, the theme was “Something with an R” (for our last name).

After I came up with this idea, I liked it so much – I made two! Since we both have 3 children, we have 5 first initials and the “R” makes the 6th one.

6 initials and 6 faces on a box work, but I had to come up with a stand to display all six sides. (actually I made 2 stand designs – the alternate is in the last picture)

The other trick was how to open a box when it is displayed like this. That is where the 3 sided lid came into being.

The materials are:

Box Outer Face – Yellowheart
Trim – Bloodwood
Box Inner face – Sycamore
Letter Inlay – Wenge
Stand – Walnut
Alternate Stand – Wenge

The box is 4 1/4 inches on a side and about 8 inches tall on the stand. The finish is 2 coats of sanding sealer followed by 4 coats of water based polyurethane.

I put together a blog on the build process as well.

If anyone has any questions, I’ll be happy to provide more details.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 06-14-2015 08:47 PM

They turned out Super!!

I really like the way they are displayed, too!

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

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 09:24 PM

Wow Steve, that is really cool, and well thought out. Clearly a labor of love. I need to find some time and go through the blog. Beautiful work!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 06-14-2015 09:50 PM

Fun to follow the whirlwind blog and even better to see the masterpiece(s).
Couldn’t have been done better, I love it.
Interesting lid too.
Well done!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 06-14-2015 10:09 PM


lew – As you know, I had to put a bit of time into that stand design

Jeff – Thanks! The blog isn’t too long ;)

Paul – I really appreciate the compliment.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 06-14-2015 11:47 PM

Nice job Steve.
What a cool idea and present. I like them.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 06-15-2015 03:55 AM

Thanks Steve – Glad you like them!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 06-15-2015 05:40 AM

They are great and the hole project turned out well. Thanks for sharing Steve.


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#8 posted 06-15-2015 02:12 PM

Thanks Dutchy!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 06-15-2015 05:47 PM

What a cool idea for gifts! Great execution of a great idea!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 06-15-2015 06:36 PM

Very kewl

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 06-15-2015 09:01 PM

That is one cool idea Steve .
I like the whole idea from letters to lid and its very well done .


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 06-16-2015 02:36 PM

Very well done, Steve, particularly the routing.

The stand and opening idea is a definite winner.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 06-20-2015 04:06 PM

Very tricked out!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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