Letter openers

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Project by mtnwild posted 02-15-2021 08:16 PM 1065 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like most all of us, I end up with lots of scrap pieces of wood too nice to get rid of, or use in many projects. So i have come up with these letter openers. They’ve become very popular with friends. I hardly ever sell anything. Mostly donations or gifts. My saying is ” I’m an artist not a salesman”. I get more satisfaction finding a good home for my projects than finding a buyer. Not as fragile as they may look. Never heard of one breaking yet. They say they still use them all the time. I make them long so that you can insert them fully and with one pull the letter is open. Hope you don’t mind, I have a couple more coming…Hope you enjoy…Jack…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#1 posted 02-15-2021 09:04 PM

They do look like art! Made one a few years ago from some White Oak, still working great:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 02-15-2021 11:30 PM

man those are shear beauty,much nicer than any you would got some lucky friends getting those kinds of gifts.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 02-15-2021 11:38 PM

Love them! especially the one with a sort of natural base. Well done!

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#4 posted 02-16-2021 12:53 AM

Thank guys, much appreciated…Jack…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 02-16-2021 04:08 AM

Your friends should appreciate these gifts, for certain! They look really good!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 02-16-2021 12:05 PM

I agree with all above – my favorite is the one in the first picture

-- 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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#7 posted 02-16-2021 12:36 PM

Absolutely gorgeous—a true inspiration!

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#8 posted 02-16-2021 03:15 PM

Thank you all. It means a lot to me. I’m pretty reclusive so your comments are bout the only feedback I get. Most people just can’t relate to what a wood worker goes through. Hope you all are having as much fun as I am. Later…Jack…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 02-16-2021 03:26 PM

Excellent presentation pieces that are also functional! The wood choices are real eye catchers, kinda like a wooden version of Damascus steel. Beautiful work Jack!

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#10 posted 02-16-2021 03:39 PM

Great idea for those smaller pieces!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 02-17-2021 03:08 AM

Very artisanal and original – as well as being a very good use from drops.

Love ‘em!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#12 posted 02-17-2021 03:52 AM

Thanks all, very much appreciated and inspiring.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 02-28-2021 01:41 AM

Quite unique and very artistic!

My favorite is the second one, with the blade inserted into the base. The handle is gorgeous, too! I’d like to know how you made the slot it fits into.

-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein

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#14 posted 02-28-2021 02:43 AM

AH, a late post!

I cut it in half, figured out the size and angle of the blade and carved it out. I keep holding it together until the fit worked. Then, of course, just glue it back together.

, Hope that helped, Thanks…Jack..

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#15 posted 04-09-2021 09:09 PM

They are amazing, what a wonderful way to use the scraps.
You really have a gift of bringing the wood alive in the piece, not just a piece made of wood.
Big smile to you, my artist friend.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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