Christmas Keepsakes, Trivets, and Tool Totes

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Project by grumpybear7357 posted 12-25-2017 03:01 AM 2095 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spring 2017 my uncle brought me some Cherry and Black Walnut that he had harvested on his farm around 1995. It was sawn on his saw mill and stacked in a barn loft for the past 20 years. Upon receiving this generous gift, I had the idea to use the wood for Christmas presents for the family.

In October we started on Cherry and Walnut keepsake boxes for our three grand daughters. (Two boxes are pictured above, the third had already been mailed out-of-town). We decided on a lift off lid rather than hinged. Inside on top is a sliding half tray with a fabric covered bottom. Each box measures 9×11x5 inches. Corners are quarter inch finger jointed. We placed a small tag inside each indicating the wood was harvested by the grand daughter’s great, great uncle from his farm in WV and the approximate year.

For our five grandsons, we made each a small tool tote. The totes measure 16×9 inches with two tool wells. The totes are made of 1/2 inch Southern Yellow Pine with a 1/2 inch plywood bottom. The corners are half inch finger jointed. The handle scales are Cherry. We purchased a small junior tool set and birdhouse kit to assemble to go along with each tote.

Finally, for my mother, we made a kitchen trivet from her brother’s Cherry with Black Walnut inlays and a ceramic tile center.

Each project was specially made for special people.

Thanks for looking. Merry Christmas to all.

-- Never Underestimate an Old Man with a Tractor...

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#1 posted 12-25-2017 10:57 AM

Super thoughtful and very nice work. These will be long appreciated.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#2 posted 12-25-2017 11:49 AM

Nice work, and great story.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-25-2017 12:55 PM

Great gifts and done with thought and heart. Very nice!

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#4 posted 12-25-2017 02:06 PM

Very nicely made and great gifts for the kids. They are sure to cherish them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-25-2017 05:46 PM

Great job and great family connection from the raw lumber to the finished product. Gifts that will last a lifetime and beyond. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

-- Leafherder

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