Teacher appreciation

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Project by Tokolosi posted 06-17-2012 03:31 AM 1841 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The school year is coming to an end. My son will be moving on to middle school in fall. This past year has been trying for him. On a personal level. However, every once and a while you are fortunate in life to find a teacher who just go beyond what is expected of them. His teacher is one of these. He ended the year spectacularly. At graduation won several academic awards including the Presidential Gold Ribbon for maintaining a 4.0+ GPA over the last two years. He was even chosen to do the welcoming speech during thge ceremony. I am so proud of him. And a big part of his success was his teacher.

So when he asked me if I would make a box for her as a parting thank you gift I tried to do something special. Curly maple and walnut. Drop in lid. Finished with Danish oil and wax.

(I always do multiples when I make boxes.)

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#1 posted 06-17-2012 04:10 AM

great looking boxes great job.

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#2 posted 06-17-2012 05:35 AM

As a retired teacher let me thank you on behalf of teachers everywhere for doing this. Teaching is a profession that seems to be every politician’s favorite punching bag lately. According to what I read in the papers everything that is wrong with schools is the fault of teachers. I can tell you that I absolutely treasured gifts like this box when I was working with children. It helps good teachers be better teachers when their solid work is validated and recognized by parents and students in these days when no one else is saying thank you. From experience I can tell you that your son will be remembered fondly whenever his teacher see this gift.

That said, of course the boxes are beautiful wood and well made. I especially like the tops. Your work looks first rate, but more than that, I applaud the sentiment. Thanks for sharing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 06-17-2012 10:38 AM

Nice job on these. The woods really compliment each other.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 06-17-2012 11:18 AM

Gr8 lookin boxes, and a really nice gesture. Congrats to your son for his accomplishment/s. I believe a teachers salary should be one of the highest paid careers there is. Lets face it, when not being taught by parents, teachers are the next best thing. There are far too many stupids in the world. GOD bless all you teachers, and thank you

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-17-2012 12:39 PM

they look great. i like the detail on the tops. The splines are a nice touch to.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 06-17-2012 03:28 PM

What a lucky teacher to have a parent like you to make her/him such a wonderful gift. Like you I do reward teachers that really excel with my kids but generally I have given them gift cards to there favorite store (Starbucks). I may just have to do something like this as well for that special teacher that has gone beyond what is expected.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#7 posted 06-18-2012 01:43 AM

Congrats on your son’s accomplishments. You get credit for this as well as his excellent teacher. Those are super boxes and I know his teacher will be touched by your gift.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 06-18-2012 11:05 AM

Some lucky teachers.. Nicely done!

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#9 posted 06-18-2012 12:04 PM

These boxes are very nice and the teachers will love them. I’m glad to hear that your son is doing well.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 06-18-2012 02:43 PM

Thank you all for looking and the kind comments.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#11 posted 06-18-2012 03:37 PM

Great looking boxes! And as Boxguy said “Thank you”. My wife is a teacher and loves her job. The Thank you gifts mean alot, and just knowing that parents appreciate what she does, makes her want to go back every year.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#12 posted 08-13-2012 04:03 AM

Nice looking boxes. It’s nice to give something unique. I’m sure the teacher will appreciate that people do care about the good work that they do and extra effort that many put in.

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