Christmas Gifts

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Project by Wally_nd posted 12-24-2008 12:42 AM 2236 views 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some items I built last week to give as Christmas gifts. The end grain cutting boards and the small box are made of maple and purple heart, the wine bottle holders are oak and purple heart, and the 45 baseball display rack is oak. Nothing complicated but the family should like them. I did however learn a few things while building the small box. Any small defect, nick or mistake looks bigger and more noticeable on a small project. I didn’t sand the inside surfaces before the glue up (very tough to do after). I should have used a straight tooth instead of an angled tooth blade when I cut the slots for the corner splines.

Also, I made a jig for routing out the places for the baseballs to sit on the rack. I simply cut a circle in a piece of plywood with a jig saw and screwed it to a couple of scraps to act as guides to keep the jig centered. The circle in the jig looked round but obviously wasn’t because routed out areas didn’t look very good. Any suggestions for next time?

-- Jeremy, North Dakota

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#1 posted 12-24-2008 01:06 AM

I don’t know how big the circle for the ball is , but a Forstner bit always makes perfectly round holes . ( If you have a drill press , that is : ) You could have skipped the whole router and jig event by clamping a fence to your DP table and using a Forstner bit which would have left the smallest dimple in the center of your ball sockets . Also , regarding your referrence to a straight toothed blade . I believe you were talking about an FTG ( Flat Top Grind )Tooth Blade . I actually had and old blade of mine resharpened as an FTG for just this reason . it used to be an ATB+R (Alternate Top Bevel and Raker ) tooth design . The shop charged me their normal resharpening price which was nice of them and now I have a blade that isn’t just collecting dust anymore : )
All of your projects look very nice . I’ve seen enough of the Maple and Purpleheart boards , but the Oak and PH goes very well together…Happy Holidays : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 12-24-2008 06:31 PM

Quite a collection!

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