Gifts for my nieces

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Project by Tuanie posted 09-07-2009 05:53 PM 4122 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My gifts for many nieces who got married, are long over due, I had planned to give them something hand made by me – not only to make it personal and custom built but they all got married when my chips were down, hence I started making these miniature Pettagamas (legged treasure boxes), I posses a real one my grand father made, to store his shotgun rounds, I hope these kids will have these boxes filled with gold.

PS – Also please note the dates in the pictures,This is my latest project to keep me and my assistant occupied,the gap is because I went on a fishing camp during the long weekend (3days)
Timber used – African Mahogany – (not real Mahogany, Called Suriya Mara in Sri Lanka) & Teak beadings, skirtings & legs.
I will send pictures of the finished product tomorrow,if the weather permits finishing.

Yes, This is what the finished product looks like!!

-- tuanie

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 06:01 PM

They look nice. I’m curious about wood movement and the struggle between the short side and the long sides. The side grain is verticle and the face is horizontle, making them struggle with each other.
Anyhow, they look great. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 07:08 PM


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#3 posted 09-07-2009 07:25 PM

nice project ,
and a wonderful gift !

i’m sure they will be treasured !

as always ,
your work is the best !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 08:23 PM

Hey Tuanie
These are great a wonderful gift for sure good job.


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#5 posted 09-07-2009 11:26 PM

Your nieces should be thrilled with the finely crafted gifts!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#6 posted 09-07-2009 11:32 PM

Nice job. To be followed for sure.

The last picture looks as it was shot in a production woodworking factory !!!

As kolwdwrkr mentioned, the mitered joints are risky. Did you use biscuits? I don’t see any trace of splines. Unless you will add keys from the outside?

As I already said, to be followed.

PS: It’s a long time since I’ve seen a sanding disk mounted in a tablesaw (unless it’s not a tablesaw !).



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#7 posted 09-08-2009 12:04 AM

I like the legs and aprons on these boxes. Thanks for the idea, I’m going to go back and use this design on the two small boxes I made for my kids. I’m sure you nieces will be thrilled with these.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 12:52 AM

They look fantastic

They will make wonderful gifts.

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#9 posted 09-09-2009 09:58 PM

Beautiful lines….I am sure they will be pleased. What woods did you use…the grains on those are exquisite…

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