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Handmade Birthday Gift - Kitchen Knives + Display Box

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Project by jenniferglass posted 02-09-2015 05:51 PM 2027 views 17 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two kitchen knives and a display box made for a dear friend’s birthday. I started with knife blanks from Texas Knifemaker’s Supply and made a set of handle scales for each knife out of Purpleheart, Wenge, Maple, and Aluminum.

The display box is a simple sliding lid box with splined miters. I based it off of Jay Bates’ Two Player Chinese Checkers Game Box, but modified it a bit.

The box is made out of Poplar, including a highly figured piece for the lid. The lid has a Bloodwood inlay border, and the box features Purpleheart splines.

You can view a build album of this project here: http://imgur.com/a/9js81

-- Jennifer Glass, www.bespokemodern.com





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cmmyakman

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 06:43 PM

I like the magnet (for securing the closure) and the varying sized splines on the box. Thank you for the detailed step-by-step link. If I do a knife project, I now know to go straight for the super glue vs the epoxy. I would have thought the epoxy would have worked. Cool lightning bug logo.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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jenniferglass

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 07:29 PM

Thanks! The epoxy did work great between the wood and steel blade, it just didn’t bond well with the aluminum. As If you are just doing a wooden handle, epoxy is the way to go.

-- Jennifer Glass, www.bespokemodern.com

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 02-09-2015 07:49 PM

Fantastic looking set. Well done!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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steve_in_ohio

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#4 posted 02-09-2015 10:24 PM

awesome set of knives. great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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Northwest29

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 02:37 AM

Great looking box, but the knife handles are absolutely gorgeous. Some chef is going to mighty pleased when they open this box. Great work! Where did you get your lighting bug branding iron made? Interesting you only have to heat it with a Bic lighter.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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jenniferglass

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#6 posted 02-10-2015 03:56 AM

The branding iron is from Shapeways. You upload an image and they’ll make if for you. http://www.shapeways.com/product/65KAUZQAF/branding-iron-for-a-bic-classic?li=gmerchant&ca=gp&ct=pla&cr=catchall&gclid=CJSrmtHM1cMCFUlp7AodsRQAdg

-- Jennifer Glass, www.bespokemodern.com

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lightweightladylefty

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#7 posted 02-10-2015 06:25 AM

Jennifer,

What a lovely gift! I really like how you alternated the woods, using the same species but in a different sequence.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 02-10-2015 06:07 PM

Wow! Excellent job all around! Nice pictorial too. Thanks for sharing!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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mcoyfrog

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#9 posted 02-10-2015 07:03 PM

Great job I love blades and woodworking so kwel

So is glass your name or something you like to work with?

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Northwest29

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#10 posted 02-10-2015 09:20 PM



The branding iron is from Shapeways. You upload an image and they ll make if for you. http://www.shapeways.com/product/65KAUZQAF/branding-iron-for-a-bic-classic?li=gmerchant&ca=gp&ct=pla&cr=catchall&gclid=CJSrmtHM1cMCFUlp7AodsRQAdg

- jenniferglass

Many thanks Jennifer!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Bud_3

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#11 posted 02-11-2015 12:41 AM

Best yours project! Congratulations for the handles as well.How much time you need it for this ?

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 09-16-2016 12:34 PM

Jennifer, this gift box is first class and is nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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