It was a very LumberJocks Christmas!

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Project by sras posted 01-07-2011 06:24 PM 5913 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lots of handmade gifts this year and LumberJocks inspired all of them!

Picture 1 is a composite of all of them

Picture 2 is of the cutting board my youngest son (19) made for his GF. It is made with cherry, a couple different oaks, mahgoany and walnut. The technique is outlined in my blog post but the original support comes from info provided by dewoodwork and the CBdesigner program provided by jayman7. My son really enjoyed making this and it was a much appreciated gift.

Pictures 3 and 4 are of my version of Andy's Palm Boxes . These are cherry sides with wlanut tops and maple bottoms. Andy’s tutorial was very helpful. This was my first attempt at freeform shaping. I used the disc sander on my Shopsmith.
Picture 3 shows the progression from marked up for shaping to rough facets to final shape to oil finish.
Picture 4 shows all 4 with finish (danish oil and wax).

Picture 5 is a close up of our celtic knot rolling pins. My oldest son (23) and I made these together. He made two – one for GF and the other for his grandmother. I made one for my wife, my mother (for her birthday) and one for a friend that gave me a pile of lumber. One board was the maple used for these rolling pins. These were made with guidance from Lew's blog . The first 3 are maple with inlays of a mahogany/maple strip. The 4th one is maple with a wlanut/maple inlay. The 5th one is mahogany with a maple/mahogany inlay.

Picture 6 is a set of candle holders my oldest son made for his GF. The are made from cherry. While not directly realted to any particular LJ post, this was still inspired by the candle holders seen here on LJs.

I had to wait until now to post these until my mother got her birthday gift.

While it is a great pleasure to see how the gifts are appreciated, the real joy for me was spending time in the shop with two of my sons.

Thanks for looking!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 06:52 PM

I really like the rolling pins. Everything is really nice.Thanks for posting.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#2 posted 01-07-2011 07:12 PM

Great looking gifts and I’m sure appreciated.I know my family enjoys the gifts from my shop more then store bought ones,as they know they come from the heart.My thoughts are of them all thru the project and what a feeling when the gifts are opened and the smiles and kisses are recieved.Makes the time in the shop extra special.

-- Mike Wix

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 07:23 PM

One of the great rewards of woodworking is the ability to enjoy making the project…...and after enjoy giving the item as a gift. It is certainly a “win win” hobby.

Those are some great gifts and very fun projects….excellent job.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 07:32 PM

You’ve been busy. Very fine work not only on the pieces but on the presentation. ( I really like the progression in one photo of the boxes). Gotta love those old ShopSmiths.

Thanks Steve

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 01-07-2011 07:47 PM

WOW!! Those rolling pins really turned out nice!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-07-2011 08:37 PM

An impressive display of generations of woodworking talents Steve. all of the items are beautiful and make wonderful gifts. This was what my Christmas production was supposed to look like (at least in terms of quantity) while it actually equaled one box. Well done, and I can imagine what a joy it must have been to work with your sons on these.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-07-2011 09:06 PM

Great projects, Steve. There is no better place than LJs for inspiration. You got a lot done and made gifts that would make anyone happy to receive. You are a lucky guy to have the time with your sons in the shop.

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 09:34 PM

You have been busy, Steve. Nice collection and considerately posted.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 01-07-2011 09:44 PM

Wow!! That’s a lot of nice things that you made there, Steve. From the looks of it you have made a lot of people happy. If you don’t watch it people are going to start calling you Santa Clause.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 01-07-2011 10:28 PM

What Martyn said… one post for many items… takes up less space on the front page…very courteous…

-- Be safe.

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#11 posted 01-07-2011 10:30 PM

Yo Steve,

Boy, I want to be someone’s GF. Seems like they get a lot of nice stuff.
Good for you guys. Shop time together…. Sweet.

Great job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 01-07-2011 11:17 PM

Some really handsome gifts there Steve do you mind if I call you uncle Steve so I’ll be on next years Christmas list? LOL

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 01-07-2011 11:21 PM

Wonderful projects Steve. And beautifully executed. I’m sure there were some very happy recipients. Great job!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#14 posted 01-07-2011 11:40 PM

Great Gifts for Christmas. The rolling pins are beautiful.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 01-08-2011 12:20 AM

Great work, Steve.
I’m sure everyone wants to be on your Christmas list!
Those rolling pins are so unusual… and beautiful!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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