Teachers Christmas/appreciation gift box

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My sons kindergarten teacher deserves far more than this box. Probably should’ve gotten her a medal as well. He gives her hell. Along with the rest of the class.

I had resawed some africanish mahogany or something close enough that I really don’t care and it needed to be used. With the obligatory curly maple.

I wanted to try mortise and tenon on the legs and apron instead of butt joining. Worked out great.

I also wanted to try some carved elements. I could use a couple more gouges but it came out better than I could’ve hoped. If I did it again I’d cut a mortise and dado into them and turn them.

I tried pore filling by rubbing the pad with a bit of pumice instead of lightly applying the pumice with the tapping technique I watched just about everyone else do. I used one drop of shellac with the DNA every time I refilled the pad. It worked great for me. Enough shellac to hold it in the pores, but not enough to where build up wouldn’t come off easy. It cut down pore filling time for this very porous wood to a fraction of what it should be.

I decided before finishing that I was gonna burn the rest of this species when I was done. I decided after finishing with BLO, garnet shellac and wax that I was going to resaw more of it. The tone and finish is exactly what I wanted.

I also wanted to try flocking. It would’ve been a much easier process if I read the instructions before finishing and taping everything off with craft paper. It had to come off so I could apply shellac to the inside of the flocked areas. Which I painstakingly avoided getting shellac into. Lesson learned. I also learned not to apply the rubber cement stuff too thick or it’ll drip into the corners and won’t dry in 24 hours. Came out good in the end.

I wanted to try gold leafing some maple knobs. It was a pain. I don’t know if the size I got isn’t good or what but the leaf did not want to stick it. Forget about burnishing. Once I got it to look decent, after one full strip of both knobs and resending and reapplying the size and leaf, I dipped it in lacquer and spun the excess off in the drill. I like how it came out though.

In the end, I tried some new things that worked out great as a whole. Daddy likes. By africanish mahogany I really meant alder.

Edit: I think I forgot to wipe on the camera lens :/

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#1 posted 12-16-2017 06:20 AM

Wife and Daughter are Teachers, Bless their souls! They would love a gift as beautiful as this.
They still ain’t learnt me nothing yet!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 12-16-2017 12:23 PM

Fridge, it looks fantastic and as the old saying goes, the teacher will be just gobsmacked!

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 12-16-2017 01:19 PM

Gorgeous little box! Your photos display some HQ fine joinery! I’m sure this will be well appreciated.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 12-16-2017 01:45 PM

Nice job sticking with it. Alder can be a real pain sometimes, especially those exotic African alders.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 12-16-2017 02:52 PM

That’s a fine box you made for his teacher. It is well deserving I’m sure. How teachers put up with everyone is amazing. Me, I could never do it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 12-16-2017 03:13 PM

This is a beautiful box and I love the design. It has a lot of nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 12-16-2017 03:23 PM

Nicely done but I think it is Alder

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#8 posted 12-16-2017 03:41 PM

Thanks :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 12-16-2017 04:31 PM

Gorgeous little box! Your photos display some HQ fine joinery! I m sure this will be well appreciated.

- woodshaver Tony C

A great project. Most teachers are totally under-appreciated by all. As are cops, fire-people and even the street workers too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#10 posted 12-16-2017 05:16 PM

That really came out nice Fridge! I think I counted 5 techniques that you had never tried before? That is pushing yourself pretty hard. Glad it worked out for you :-)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#11 posted 12-16-2017 05:47 PM

So beautiful gift/box for such wonderfull person!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 12-16-2017 10:20 PM

Thanks guys

Agreed railbuck

Duck, trying new things is most of the fun for me. Something nice at the end is a big bonus.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 12-16-2017 10:23 PM

What a very thoughtful gift – especially with all the details you have incorporated. Looks great!

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#14 posted 12-17-2017 01:07 AM

Very nicely done! Pictures are A. O.K. Also. Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#15 posted 12-17-2017 02:19 AM

Thanks a bunch. It was worth the effort.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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