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Gifts To Remember Disney Trip (Fish Extender Gifts)

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Project by Kevin posted 04-08-2015 01:34 AM 1141 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

On Disney cruises, there is a tradition of leaving gifts for other passengers outside their cabin door. It is a very long story, but this gift giving is known as “fish extenders”

Here are a few of the gifts that we are giving on an upcoming cruise. The Mickey Mouse Ears Christmas Ornaments are 1/4” pine cut out on the band saw. They are painted and sanded to give a primitive look. On the back there is the name of the ship and year. Hopefully they will be treasured Christmas ornaments by the recipients for many years.

I was told by a person that used to work in Disney World that the characters prefer big pens for autographs. So, I made a dozen to distribute onboard. The pens are African blackwood and curly maple I dyed red. I turned the maple then put them in dye for 3 days. I also used a brake line vacuum pump I got from Harbor Freight for $20, and mason jar to pull the dye into the wood as much as possible. After taking them out of the mason jars, I let them dry for a day, then inserted to tube, sanded, and finished. The black Mickey Mouse ears on the pen clip are plastic that are used for scrapbooking. I got them at Joann’s Fabrics for $3. They come in a sheet of 20-ish, in red, black, white, and grey. They are attached with clear epoxy. I’m very pleased that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

The only problem is that once again I made a few extra pens, hoping to have one for myself. But as usual, the extras were quickly taken by others who “just love them!” Meanwhile, I’m still using bic pens while friends, family, and coworkers are using much better quality pens





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#1 posted 05-03-2015 03:42 PM

Very nice set of pens. You need to get some real special wood and make your self a one of kind pent for YOU!
Great talent you have shared with others!! !..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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