Christmas Gift for Aunt

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Project by DevinT posted 12-11-2021 12:39 AM 864 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year, I drew my Aunt’s name from a hat. I think she asked for a gift certificate from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The cap on the gift is $50 I believe.

I decided to be cheap and make her gift.

A twisted and ugly piece of Afrormosia scrap cutoff that cost $3, an ugly rough sawn piece of Cocobolo for $4


$0.20 for some neodymium magnets, about $0.05 worth of epoxy, $0.10 worth of Danish Oil, about $0.15 worth of furniture wax, $1 for some rubber feet, about $1 in sandpaper, and maybe $0.10 combined for some painter’s tape, frog tape, black enamel paint, gold paint, clear enamel spray, and last but not least, about $0.50 worth of Q-tips, popsicle sticks, and rags.

Total cost: ~$10

I bet I have the cheapest gift this year (woot!).

Now, ...

We take all those ingredients and add one hand saw, one hand plane, a surfacing sled with handheld router, one exacto knife, ...

one Shaper Origin, and …

3 weeks of time.

Add a smidge of electricity (for the surfacing router and Shaper Origin) and poof, this is what you get (see photos)

ASIDE: NO hammers were used. Though I have thought of just telling my Aunt that I found a piece of wood on the side of the road and hit it with a hammer a few times and thought it looked good.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#1 posted 12-11-2021 01:01 AM

I think you have a lucky aunt, to get the ‘cheap’ gift.
’Though I have thought of just telling my Aunt that I found a piece of wood on the side of the road and hit it with a hammer a few times and thought it looked good’.
Really fine work and finish.
Merry Christmas,

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

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#2 posted 12-11-2021 01:08 AM

Sharp looking present, Devin. I’m sure she’ll love it!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-11-2021 01:19 AM

let me just say this,at work most give gift cards which i abhor as, i dont give a shit or wanna waste my time yet still seem i care about you.every year i make something for the ladies that take care of all my needs all year,because i wanna show them that i do appreciate what they do for me.this year they will get a toaster tong,my last project posted,and a bowl ive turned filled with lindors dev you are very far from giving a “cheap” gift my special proud of that gift,and im sure she will to.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-11-2021 01:46 AM

very nice gift and very well done. Aunt should be happy.

-- Ron

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#5 posted 12-11-2021 02:39 AM

Great “little” plaque DT... hope the wording is in the auntie’s language…

... The cap on the gift is $50 I believe…

With 3 weeks of time, even at sweatshop labour of 50¢/hr… that would cost this at $60+... you are red flagged!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 12-11-2021 02:41 AM

Beautiful sign Devin!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 12-11-2021 02:56 AM

Nicely done Devin, and that is a great finish. I am sure your Aunt will love it and cherish it. Gifts from the heart are always priceless. Great job.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#8 posted 12-11-2021 12:24 PM

Nice sign. Love the finish.

I bet your aunt will love her cheap gift.

-- Dan, TN

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#9 posted 12-11-2021 01:56 PM

Nice job!

BTW we have the same counters.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 12-11-2021 02:31 PM

a very beautiful sign your aunt will love it GREAT JOB :<))))) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#11 posted 12-11-2021 02:42 PM

Got it done with plenty of time to spare. Nice work

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#12 posted 12-11-2021 04:24 PM


I have to laugh some times on how you sweat over small details, the true bane of any woodworker 8^)

Fine display of talent and artistry Devin!

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#13 posted 12-13-2021 11:15 PM

Thank you all so very much.

So tired. I took 2 days of rest after this project and jumped right into my LJ HPOYD Secret Santa gift. That ‘bout wore me out and almost took every last bit of energy.

Need a couple days to recoup again.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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