Knife returned to nephew

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 12-17-2018 12:40 AM 1490 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While visiting relatives this past summer, my nephew kept trying to give me things to take home with me. I told him I just don’t have room. I told him “just give me an old rusty knife if you have one to keep my fingers busy”. He found one and it was bad! No handle, rusty and the tip was broken. I started working on it a while back and finally finished it. The blade was so bad I could not get it back to smooth. Just did the best I could. I had to cut about a quarter inch off the tip and reshape it. That came out nice. For a handle I had some figured cherry I had set back. Drilled and brass pins inserted. I think I needed a bolster though.

Now it needed a nice box. You know how I love to make boxes. I again used that figured cherry for the lid with oak for the sides. I made it a lift off lid, first time I tried this. I accented it with some walnut.

This week, for a surprise, I mailed it back to him. I hope he likes it! I really wish I had a before picture just to show what I started with. Thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 12-17-2018 01:01 AM

Wow! Nice work Jeff! That’s beautiful wood. The patina on the knife looks great with the Cherry. The box is awesome. He’s gonna be surprised and thrilled when that thing shows back up :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 12-17-2018 01:15 AM

That’s a beauty, Jeff! Way to clean it up, and excellent choice of wood.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-17-2018 01:33 AM

Thanks guys, I haven’t done a knife since the knife swap. It was fun to finally redo another.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 12-17-2018 01:52 AM

I love the knife a lot Jeff BUT that case WOW simply love the wood choice GREAT JOB :<))
ALSO have a safe trip tommorow buddy

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 12-17-2018 02:21 AM

Just a FANTASTIC job.

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

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#6 posted 12-17-2018 02:21 AM

Beyooteeful! Really nice Jeff.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 12-17-2018 02:45 AM

Lid box is just amazing! I am glad you kept the patina on the blade, it gives character.
Excellent work, Jeff!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#8 posted 12-17-2018 03:10 AM

Nice work on the knife and wow that is a nice box. Good wood selection.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 12-17-2018 04:13 AM

Nice stuff Jeff! The box puts it over the top. It’s a sure bet he’ll love it!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#10 posted 12-17-2018 05:03 AM

That is a beautifully made box, impressive looking grain!

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

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#11 posted 12-17-2018 05:52 AM

Nice work! Not sure what I like more, the knife or the box.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 12-17-2018 07:26 AM

A very nice build.


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#13 posted 12-17-2018 11:07 AM

great save and a beautiful box

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#14 posted 12-17-2018 11:21 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone! I just found out he got it in the mail and is more then happy with it. Said he needs to send me some more to redo for him!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 12-17-2018 11:32 AM

Fine work with the knife Jeff. I like your style, taking the knife, clean it up, repair as needed and build a beautiful box for it. Almost like having a Santa.

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

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