Father / Daughter Christmas Project

  • Advertise with us
Project by Eddy76 posted 12-24-2012 08:14 AM 2458 views 8 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was decided this year that the grandparents, the kids, and grand kids were to all make one homemade gift and not know who was going to open it. My oldest daughter told me what she wanted to make and drew a sketch and said she definitely wanted a metal frame. Fine with me because metal work is my trade and wood is a new hobby so I knew we could both learn some new things. She did most of the cutting and welding. After tacking the frame together, she used JB Weld to fill in all the cracks and low spots then sanded it smooth. We primed and painted it black, then gave it a dusting of brown (both hammered finish paint) let it dry for a couple hours and then rubbed it down with fine steel wool. It gives the metal a beautiful old look, kind of like a tarnished bronze. We used the 1/4” cedar closet liner from Lowe’s for the lumber. She did most of the sawing on that too except for the table saw work. I love involving my kids with my hobbies and I am very proud of her for her patience and dedication.

21 comments so far

View patron's profile


13722 posts in 4683 days

#1 posted 12-24-2012 09:01 AM

what a great bonding project
(and welded too)

very nice work

welcome to both of you to LJ’s

keep ‘em coming

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

30662 posts in 3680 days

#2 posted 12-24-2012 01:14 PM

Awesome job. Wonderful that you & your daughter worked together on this.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View John Lowell's profile

John Lowell

137 posts in 3323 days

#3 posted 12-24-2012 01:24 PM

I always enjoy working with the kids, never thought about welding…...

Really nice project, cheers, johnl

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

View allwood's profile


86 posts in 3505 days

#4 posted 12-24-2012 02:15 PM

great project, i love spending time with my kids in the shop, they usually bring a new perspective to shed a different light on things.

View WoodenFrog's profile


2737 posts in 4255 days

#5 posted 12-24-2012 02:58 PM

This is just so cool, what a great project!
Your daughter has skills, talent and taste!
Great work, Merry Christmas!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

View camps764's profile


867 posts in 3701 days

#6 posted 12-24-2012 03:02 PM

This is awesome! I will be making one of these now! I can’t weld to save my life, so I’ll be using a dark hardwood like walnut in place of the metal.

-- Steve

View crashman's profile


162 posts in 3687 days

#7 posted 12-24-2012 03:06 PM

Al lI can say is WOW. What a great project for you & your daughter. I have a weak spot or any type of trunk or chest, & this one is one of the nicer ones I have seen. I hope your daughter will continue to be involved in your projects. I really like that metal framework, something different from the norm. Merry Christmas….....Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

View Bluepine38's profile


3393 posts in 4427 days

#8 posted 12-24-2012 03:34 PM

You have a very beautiful and talented daughter, using this chest and your box for your father’s pistol as
samples of family projects, I would say that you have a wonderful family. Welcome to Lumberjocks, and I
hope we will see a lot more of you and your projects.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

View a1Jim's profile


118309 posts in 4919 days

#9 posted 12-24-2012 06:27 PM

So impressive great job.


View Mike's profile


139 posts in 3383 days

#10 posted 12-24-2012 06:48 PM

Nicely done! What a great experience for you and your daughter to spend time together working! Just beautiful

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

View CalgaryGeoff's profile


937 posts in 3823 days

#11 posted 12-24-2012 09:48 PM

Very nice project. Elegant and warm.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

View MonteCristo's profile


2099 posts in 3530 days

#12 posted 12-24-2012 10:24 PM

A very handsome chest ! It looks like your daughter is already way ahead of some of us with a welder . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

View bowtie's profile


990 posts in 3687 days

#13 posted 12-25-2012 01:23 AM

love the cedar
steel frame looks great
you both have SKILLS

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

View lanwater's profile


3113 posts in 4276 days

#14 posted 12-25-2012 02:12 AM

Great work.

The cedar aroma is going to be intense for awhile.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

View whitebeast88's profile


4128 posts in 3532 days

#15 posted 12-25-2012 04:49 AM


-- Marty.Athens,AL

showing 1 through 15 of 21 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics