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Project by Don Johnson posted 11-20-2014 04:50 PM 1210 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my versions of Steve Ramsay’s recent project on YouTube – see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6PzatU7FCw and the second picture.

His design has the blocks painted bright colours, and I liked their look so much I decided to forgo the wrapping paper. This also allowed me to put numbers for the days of Advent onto the blocks.

To enhance their appearance, the blocks are positioned ‘upside down’ – that is with the holes down – but each sweet (candy) is wedged into its hole with the help of a little cushion stuffing wadding. Hopefully they won’t fall out before their particular day!

Whilst making one calendar, I though it would be sensible to make two, but when working on the fiftieth block for each stage, it did not seem such a good idea!

Anyway, the two calendars will be on our local church’s stall at a Christmas Market being run by Chedzoy Ladies and Chaps’ mainly under my wife, Avril’s, direction, so I’m showing support, and hopefully it will help to raise some much needed money.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk





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Stevinmarin

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#1 posted 11-20-2014 05:31 PM

Hey Don…that looks great! Thanks!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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fivecodys

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#2 posted 11-20-2014 09:04 PM

Very cool Don and you won’t have to re-wrap the boxes every year.
Thanks for sharing.

Bill

-- Chem, Central California

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playingwithmywood

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 05:18 AM

love it ….... I watched his video and have been thinking of making little lids to fit on the boxes if a rabbet was made around the top of the box and then the lid could slip on it or maybe sliding dovetails

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Don Johnson

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 01:09 PM



love it ….... I watched his video and have been thinking of making little lids to fit on the boxes if a rabbet was made around the top of the box and then the lid could slip on it or maybe sliding dovetails

- playingwithmywood


A good idea if you are making for family. If making to sell, it might add a lot of time to the project that would perhaps make a fair price quite high.

I might add that I should probably qualify for a degree in origami after making cardboard boxes for potential buyers to take their purchases home whilst keeping the blocks in position.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#5 posted 11-21-2014 05:59 PM

Wonderful project. Same as original.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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