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10-29-2011 08:36 AM

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Hey Jocks and Jockettes,

Anybody know where someone could get some simple ideas or plans(free would be nice) for Christmas gifts for the ladies in my family.
I have make a couple boxes but I am open to anything, especially simple and maybe easily repeated. Might be a
goofy,broad, and maybe fuzzy kind of a question but will see if I get any bites. lol



-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#1 posted 10-29-2011 09:36 AM

I would say it totally depends on the lady’s age, taste and interests. Frankly it’s hard to go wrong with a hand-made box, even if it’s a little one (small ones are cute, after all). What kind of work do you do, and what tools do you have available?

If you have a lathe and someone into sewing, a nifty little sewing needle kit might be nice. Do a youtube search, both bobham5 and capneddie have some neat ones.

If you have a younger and more computer-focused lady in mind, something like a self made USB drive could be cool. Basically take a USB drive out of the plastic case and put some nice wood around it with wood glue, hold it in place with silicone, liquid nails or whatever—if it doesn’t conduct electricity it won’t hurt the USB drive, then shape it to your heart’s delight.

If you have a bandsaw, look into bandsaw boxes. Laminate a few pieces of some nice looking wood. Bandsaw boxes are always a hit.

Have someone who likes wine? Make a wine bottle balancer, you can’t get much simpler—a board with a hole in it. Too young to drink wine? Make it a soda bottle balancer.

And hey, if all else fails, make a picture frame. If it breaks in the process of making it put a picture of Chuck Norris in there and just claim his awesomeness busted your work after the fact.

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#2 posted 10-29-2011 03:58 PM

Thanks Grondor. The picture frame idea is a good one, especially the Chuck Norris angle. A wine bottle balencer… I have to look into that. My gals aren’t real picky. I think just the thought of someone making something for them by hand would be enough. They are all great in that way. I have a tablesaw, router, and miter saw. Ahh, a bandsaw would be lovely! Thanks for your time. Cheers- Jack

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#3 posted 10-29-2011 04:17 PM

I’ve always gotten a very positive reaction to cutting boards. A variation on that is a cheese board with built in cutter. Another variation is a bread board with a bread cutting knife. With the last 2 you would have to buy a little hardware.

If you turn, pepper grinders are always nice.

I have also done some wine glasses. I buy the top (glass) part and turn the stem and base.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 10-30-2011 07:05 AM

Thanks Rich. Taking everything into consideration.

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#5 posted 10-30-2011 08:59 PM

I was actually thinking about making a utensil set for my wife this year…a wooden spoon, fork, spatula and maybe a meat tenderizer…I want to do something that is unique but also be durable and long lasting…anyone have any ideas to this approach…also was thinking a bout a spoon rest and a utensil storage thing…still, any ideas?

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#6 posted 10-30-2011 10:07 PM

Nice ideas Brian. You make some cool looking stuff, kudos!

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#7 posted 10-31-2011 02:51 AM

How about a wooden bracelet? Here’s a link to a lumberjocks class on bracelet making:

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#8 posted 10-31-2011 04:09 PM

Those are slick. Thanks, Jeremy.

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#9 posted 10-31-2011 06:39 PM

Once the bracelet is done, you can make a matching set with earrings and a necklace.

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