Kitchen Stuff #8

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Project by Don posted 02-15-2007 12:49 AM 2981 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every Christmas, I make gifts for our friends. (I suspect they are now saying, “Oh, not another wooden gift from CanuckDon!”)

Christmas ‘05 saw me making about 15 of these. I varied the detail somewhat, but most were of this design. The one I liked most, I don’t have a picture. It had a laminated arched handle in addition to the curve shown in this example. I gave it to my daughter and husband, so will have to take a picture for my own records some day.

Don’t ask me about the wood. Other than all being Australian wood, I can’t remember what this example entails.

I’ve included a shot of the Makers Mark that I use.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 02-15-2007 01:56 AM

oh yah.. love the handles!!!
If I was the lucky recipient I’d be saying : bring it on Don… always room for more wood products.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 02-15-2007 02:15 AM

I see by the underside that the tray bottom was not painted, or otherwise colored? Nice.

You can certainly fill my house with homemade gifts!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 02-15-2007 03:24 AM

Nice little addition to the bottom, Don. Where does one find that sort of thing, and how does it compare to, say, a custom electric brand of a signature or logo (about US$200)?

My mentor marks every one of his pieces with a signature brand and he recommended I get the custom brand with either a logo or my company name (Merganser Woodworks) or my own name (just in case I end up changing company names in the future) because it gives just a little more of an impression of “customized” and “personalized” than the stock brands.

It is one of those things I find difficult to spend my hard-earned and saved-up money on. If I walk into Woodcraft with $225, I’m going to seriously consider a tool or jig or something that will help me work easier – the brand just seems like “extra”, but… ultimately, it is something I’ll need to get, as well.

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 02-15-2007 03:57 AM

I ordered mine from here., Makers Marks Company, UK.

I am very impressed with the service Vidi, the owner of Makers-Marks Co. provides. There is no order minimum, and the turn-around time after artwork approval is surprisingly quick. On his site he offers a number of standard designs, or you can supply your own art-work and he will custom make to order.

The turn-around time from placing order to receipt of goods was only 4 weeks. I’m sorry that I can’t remember what I paid, but they are very classy and well worth the price. Of course, depending on what you order, custom or standard, large or small, large quantity or small quantity, the price varies.

Have a look at his site.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 02-15-2007 06:34 AM

Well, between you and David, there’s two thumbs ups for Makers-Marks (in one week no less).

good to know.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 02-15-2007 08:54 AM

Don – I like your trays. I have been looking for something like these for breakfast trays. Excellent work as always. As always your work is impecable! I for one would always welcome a wooden gift from you!

I like your Makers-Mark. I agree with Scott that these had a degree of professionalism and serve to celebrate and archive “the maker”. I made my own artwork and sent it via email to Vidi at Makers-Mark. He was very helpful and the total cost was very affordable. I paid $30 US for 5 one inch Standard Size #5 polished brass labels that are 1mm thick. This include mailing form UK. Mine are made to be recessed, however, they have a number of different styles to select from. They even have a design service available if needed. I sort of enjoyed the process of making my own design. I highly recommend Makers Mark Company, UK.


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#7 posted 02-15-2007 01:04 PM

Once again Don it looks great. I want to ask what the wood is but I guess well never know. I love the makers mark, I might have to order some of those.

-- Kaleo ,

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#8 posted 02-15-2007 02:21 PM

Kaleo, my guess on the greenish tinted wood in the tray portion is that it might be Sassafras, Blackheart, a Tasmanian timber. What do you think?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 12-20-2007 10:46 PM

The green hued species is really eye catching. You apparently got some cool trees on your side of the world. I’m wondering if I can have a stain made to mimic that look. Maybe a washcoat on a similar grained species. Hmmm. Might have to play a bit.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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