Christmas Gifts

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Project by Joe Brumley posted 01-05-2009 06:41 AM 2975 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was finally able to get some time in the shop so I cranked out some Christmas gifts which I finished on the Tuesday before Christmas. Normally I’m guilty of last minute buying and this time I was guilty of last minute making. Anyway, I hit the scrap bin for these items and tried something new. The cutting boards are made from cherry, birch, and walnut. The spatula is made from ash, the spoon from pine, the whistles are from cherry, and the toaster tongs are from walnut and ash. Of all of the items the hardest to make was the spatula. The whistles were probably the easiest. The kids loved their whistles and the adults loved there woodenware items so it was very merry Christmas. I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and a happy new year’s eve. Here is to more time in the shop in 2009.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#1 posted 01-05-2009 06:47 AM

I really like all those. Nothing like gettin something useful for Christmas ! How did you make those whistles though? My kids would love them ?

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#2 posted 01-05-2009 07:00 AM

the best projects are made from scrap.
its so good knowing that you dont have to buy any more lumber

same about the whistles

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#3 posted 01-05-2009 07:32 AM

Great Gift Ideas!!

I really want to learn to make spoons.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-05-2009 07:04 PM

Lovely array of gifts Joe. Yes, tell us about whistles!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#5 posted 01-05-2009 07:05 PM

Very nice projects …for some reason I always forget about making those tongs..Thanks for the reminder : )

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

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#6 posted 01-06-2009 02:07 AM

found this link for makin the whistles if yall want to have a look…..

But I would still like to hear your take on them too Joe. Would really like to know about ALL of them. except the cutting boards, Ive got that I think ! :)

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#7 posted 01-06-2009 06:25 AM

Thanks guys. Yeah, the whistles are great. The link that DaddyT found is pretty much it. I milled a piece of cherry to 7/8” x 7/8” (this could be any size that is comfortable), and cut it to 4” lengths. I drilled out the center with a 5/16” bit because this is the largest size of dowel I had on hand. I measured back about 7/8” from where the end that I had just drilled and cut a notch that went half-way through and then angled back 45 degrees. The trickiest part is planing flat on the dowel. I just guessed and planed about a 1/3 or less of the dowel and cut it to about an 1 1/4” or so such that I could still hold on to it to glue it in the opening. I oriented the flat of the dowel upright and I tried to get the dowel pretty flush with the notch that I cut but I don’t know how critical it is since these were my first ones and I don’t have anything to compare. One thing you want to watch out for is glue squeeze out in the whistle. It is difficult to get down in the notch and clean it out and if you don’t the whistle will not work (I did find that out the hard way). Once the glue dried I cut the end where I had glued the dowel to about 3/4” from the notch and then I cut a 45” bevel on the bottom to make it easier for blowing.
When I make them again I will drill the hole deeper and maybe use a 3/8” dowel. The short distance of the hole makes the whistle higher pitched and that is not much fun for the adults or the dogs. I will try to get a video up of me making these. I have wanted to try my hand at making a video and this seems like the perfect project.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#8 posted 08-19-2009 05:15 AM

Great looking projects! How did you make the toaster tongs?

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#9 posted 08-22-2009 06:17 AM

super gift ideas

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#10 posted 11-16-2011 03:38 AM

All of them are gorgeous. Why is my todo list growing so large?

-- --bch

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