Carpenter's box

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Project by PirateOfCatan posted 04-17-2009 02:54 PM 3984 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece, who recently turned 9, expressed an interest in “doing some projects.” I will be driving out there for a visit and figured it could double as a house warming gift for her. We not have a thickness planner, so it is more bulky than would be idea for a nine-year-old. Plus I put the project off too long and didn’t have the time to do the more complex plans I had in mind. The project also had to be done out of scrap poplar and AC 1/2 ply, save the dowel for the handle. The budget for the project was spent to start filling it with tools.

Hopefully this will encourage her to start “some projects.” I will make her a nicer one once we see if she keeps an interest. Several months ago she was lamenting that there was not anyone to teach her, as her Pirate Uncle lives six hours away. She will help me with some simple shelf projects for their new house.

I was having a hard time finding safety glasses for small faces (kids) locally. Now to finish sanding the edges. We didn’t get her any sharp tools to go with it, I would hate for her to cut herself on the box!

-- P.O.C.

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#1 posted 04-17-2009 03:58 PM

Pretty neat gift for a little girl, shouldn’t there be some flowers painted on there or at least some pretty purple and pink paint with a little scribble on the bottom, to my favorite niece from your favorite uncle. Little things like that I learned from Mark DeCou and I never hesitate to pass along a great idea. mike and Mark patented by Mark DeCou, kansas Flinthills Woodworker.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 04-17-2009 06:09 PM

The plan is to let her personalize it. It would give her an out of the way thing to do while they are moving. I am still deciding if I will bring my wood burner.

-- P.O.C.

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#3 posted 04-18-2009 03:41 AM

A very nice looking starters toolbox. I hope that she will keep the interest for years to come.
Can’t wait to get my own daughter into the shop.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 04-19-2009 07:18 AM

Nice carpenters box

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 04-19-2009 02:37 PM

Great gift. Great uncle.
Bring her into the fold, we can always use one more.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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Tony Ennis

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#6 posted 11-09-2009 01:35 AM

What a nice gift.

Why don’t you throw a Stanley #1 plane in there – it will fit little hands very well. Also, a Spiers coffin smoother (with the adjuster) will really help get her going.

-- Tony

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