Wooden Christmas gifts

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Project by exit116 posted 11-18-2013 06:52 PM 1507 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few quick and cheap ideas for the holidays

Salt pinch bowl and spoon
I used a round bit on a hand held rotary tool for the bowl on the spoon.
On the scroll saw, I cut out the left side, turned it on the right side so it sat flat and cutout the bottom.
Put the bottom back in place so it laid flat and cut the right side, kinda looks like a guitar.
For the bowl, I used the biggest forstner bit that I had to hog out the waste and used a rasp and files to clean everything up. Finish is mineral oil.
This is a quick and easy scrap project and a great gift for any cook or foodie

Old time Scissor holder
The back and front are ¼” hardwood, the back is 10” x 4” and the front 5” x 4”.
The spacers, one on each side are ¾” think x 1” wide and 2 ½” long.
Using either a Scroll or coping saw, cut out your design on the front and then the top of the back, than cutout the outside. I used CA glue for the spacers and a micro-file set from HF to clean up my horrible scroll saw skills. Use a finish like wipe-on ploy that will not seep out as the scissors will be used for fabric and oil will ruin the fabric.
This was fast and cheap to make but it took a while to clean up all the edges, that being said if are good at scrolling, which I’m not, this is a great gift for any sewer or crafter.
Made a couple of these last year, people can’t buy name stands or anything with their kids name on it if the name isn’t very common. Web-sites that sell custom wooden names charge about $5 a letter if it’s longer five letters, and the names are made of soft wood with no stand and only come in a few fonts.
For one reason or another all my kids, nieces and nephews have very old and oddly spelled names so if you have your name on something in my family it is because someone made it or paid a-lot for it.
Besides, you can be unhappy getting something so personal.

Name stand

Just use any word like program to write out the name and highlight it to pick your font and size, print and affix to any hardwood you have in the scrap pile, scroll or cope out the name and glue to a stand.

My neighbor ask me to make one for a friend named sterling, couldn’t see it not being silver, I used real silver spray-paint I got from a craft store I can’t remember the name of it but it was the thinnest spay can I ever saw in my life if that helps.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 02:32 AM

Very nice gifts. Nice useful items!!....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 03:33 PM

Cool and pretty gifts! Great design, like most the bowl and the spoon.

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 06:23 PM

real nice Christmas presents. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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