Finally a gift for my father-in-law

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Project by KimAccurso posted 12-22-2018 12:56 AM 1542 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been a long time coming. I’ve never made anything for my father-in-law but we have this inside joke how his cash birthday and christmas gifts contribute to my ‘tool fund’ and I always write him a personal thank you card telling him what he got me – and he never has any idea what the tool is I describe to him but he gets a kick out of it anyway! He always asks me what I’m working on in the shop so lately it has been “top secret, can’t tell you”. So, I suppose he’s known I’ve been working on something for him :)

I’ve save these pieces of wood for quite a while. I got the walnut out of the shorts pile at the hardwoods store and that maple has been sitting on my shelf for I don’t know how long. I finally filled that knot with clear epoxy, sanded it down and decide it had to be used for this project. I think of outer-space the way the flame surrounds the knot hole. Problem: it was too small to be a full lid piece. Solution: use Andy’s medallion method he uses in his art boxes. New to me but been wanting to try it! I don’t even have a plunge router so I just made a jig and many passes with my router till I had the right depth. Took a long time. Was a mess in the shop :) (I really wish this piece of maple was big enough to be the whole lid piece because the underside is as beautiful as the top is) So I got that set in the piece of walnut which is a floating panel in the box.

The piece of walnut I used for the box has AMAZING figure and flame. The pictures don’t do it justice and in the photos I am seeing smudges that I’m not seeing otherwise – weird. My planer about choked on it. The splines, handle and lid piece are maple, of course. The hinges are Vertex 90 degree stop. Serious hinges I splurged on a long time ago and have been saving. I inserted steel screws first because these screws are very fragile. I hand mortised for the hinges and am afraid they aren’t deep enough even though everything fit perfectly while dry fitting. Ugh. Imperfection is my trademark I guess. Anyone got a solution?? :)

The watch pillows were ordered off Amazon. They are nice, leather. I basically started with the pillows and built everything else around them. Finish is 7 coats GF Arm-R-Seal Semi-Gloss. He always wears a nice watch so I hope he likes this and much as I enjoyed building it for him!

Thanks for look and Merry Christmas all!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-22-2018 02:09 AM

That is a beautiful box and a great gift. The way you accented the knot in the center of the top really sets it off.

Merry Christmas…Cheers, Jim

ps. I think the e mail notifications are off again. I never got an E mail on this project

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-22-2018 02:20 AM

Very nice gift! Isn’t it fun to make something special like this? I think that’s what I love most about woodworking – enjoying the chance to create something that is unique for the recipient. You did a great job with some really beautiful maple and walnut.

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#3 posted 12-22-2018 02:24 AM

WOW Kim that wood is amazing I am sure he will love it GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#4 posted 12-22-2018 02:48 AM

Beautiful work with gorgeous wood. Well done. A very nice gift.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 12-22-2018 03:03 AM

Beautiful box. He’ll love it for sure.

-- Ron Stewart

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#6 posted 12-22-2018 04:08 AM

The wood in that box really knocks your eyes out!
Just beautiful from the wood, the craftmanship, and the thought that goes along.

I used to use General Finishes and after seeing your results with GF I am going to go back to use it again.

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

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#7 posted 12-22-2018 01:59 PM

That is a great looking box. he may think you bought it instead of building it. Either way I’msure he will enjoy it. Maybe a bigger cash gift will come your way. Haha

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

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#8 posted 12-22-2018 06:14 PM

A magnificent job.

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

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#9 posted 12-22-2018 11:21 PM

Thanks all, much appreciated! I’m very excited to give it to him!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#10 posted 12-23-2018 03:44 AM

Kim that wood is a home run, and what you did with it is bigger than a grand slam.

You asked a question, and this box is the answer.

“Imperfection is my trademark I guess. Anyone got a solution??”

Keep making. Go ahead, look back through your projects. All have been nice, this has gotten better, you are now just nibbling at the tiny stuff that will push you to where you are headed, just keep making.

Thanks for posting, congrats on your 3.

Nobody else said anything, but when I looked at it the very first look. I saw that scorch looked just like a bat, with it’s wings going forward, to my crazed mind anyhow.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 12-24-2018 12:27 AM

Kim , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 12-25-2018 07:15 PM

I’m amazed at the countless variety of woods used for boxes. Your’s for example are outstanding!
Excellent work! Your creativity makes all the difference.

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