A gift for my father, this got my wood working fire started!

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Project by Shaneswoodcuts posted 01-24-2018 02:01 AM 3151 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everyone likes a sappy story, that changes someone’s life, right? Well… Here’s my beginning, and I literally mean, the beginning of what made me want to venture into this crazy addiction of wood! I went to Japan a while back, almost 20 years ago. I was able to get these swords back from Japan (shipping them as a “collector” not on the plane with me.) One for each of the men in my family, two for my grandfathers (who have since passed), my dad, brother and me. In mid 2016 he has them out and 3 of them in a cheap rack. He mentioned he would love to have one to hold all of them. I grew up watching both my grandfathers build whatever they wanted and I worked at a lumber shop. I decided I’d give it a shot, although I didn’t tell him in case I failed miserably.

This was an adventure! This was made with a table saw (at my in-laws, since I didn’t have one at the time), a jig saw, hole saw, 4 clamps, a dremel, and a drill! All of the edges were sanded (and sanded, and sanded) to get a round edge… Didn’t even know what a router was then! The dowels… Oh Lord, the dowels. I took that long, square piece of walnut, sanded 45° angles on the belt sander, drilled holes in the end, put a peg in the ends and tightened it into the drill… Mounted my drill in my work mate, and the other end in my bellybutton. Used a Velcro strap to hold the drill on and used rough grit sandpaper to round them out.

The engraving says “the man you are has shaped the man I’ve become” I learned quickly how to engrave (roughly). I decided to put the engraving on my own hand writing. To make a long story a little longer, I’ve not seen my tough, Marine father ever cry, but a couple tears were shed at Christmas time!

It’s definitely not even close to perfect and I’ve wanted to fix it the right way Everytime I go visit, but he says every time “it’s perfect the way it is, don’t touch it”

-- Shane

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#1 posted 01-24-2018 02:31 AM

A nice story, and a great looking rack. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 01-24-2018 04:02 AM

I agree with your Dad…

Great work and a very worthy project.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 01-24-2018 04:25 AM

Great job. The story will live on for a long time.

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

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#4 posted 01-24-2018 04:27 AM

Great story and build.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 01-24-2018 01:47 PM

Nice display rack! Hope you keep on enjoying the woodworking for a life time as I have, all because of my father!

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 01-24-2018 02:30 PM

Nice display rack! Hope you keep on enjoying the woodworking for a life time as I have, all because of my father!

- drbyte

I appreciate it! I don’t see me stopping anytime soon. My dad was the cause of this project, but I grew up helping (watching really) my grandpa build everything from his land! Cutting down poplar trees, building furniture to the house they lived in! Hind sight is something that always bites us, I wish I would have paid better attention to what and how he was doing it. It’s in my blood, always striving to improve!

Thanks for everyone’s kind comments! I look forward to being around for a while.

-- Shane

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#7 posted 01-24-2018 02:49 PM

This is a beautiful frame for these swords and a nice story behind them. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 01-24-2018 04:58 PM

Very Nice! I’m sure He Loves it.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 01-24-2018 07:52 PM

That is a wonderful story to support the project which obviously turned out beautifully!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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