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Project by DocT posted 04-24-2009 07:00 AM 1472 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a quick little project that made my wife very happy. It would have made a good Mother’s Day gift! Oh well!

She likes those at-a-glance type desk calendars (the kind that come with a little plastic easel and two metal oval binders) to keep organized, but we also need a spot to write phone messages and to keep a running grocery list. This little message center not only looks better on the kitchen counter, but it has greatly improved our organization as well.

It measures roughly 10” X 17” with an 8” X 8” elevated easel for the calendar. I chose to inlay some 1/4” aluminum stock to reduce the wear on the wood at the through holes for the binder clips. I also formed a cove at the leading edge of the easel for a pencil rest.

The backstop was probably the most fun. I am currently enamored with live-edged wood and specifically the sapwood/heartwood contrast in black walnut. I sliced this piece out of a curved limb. The pencil cup at the back is just a hollowed-out half round of the same limb. Luckily my beautiful wife doesn’t begrudge me a little artistic license every now and then!

-- tracyturnerstudio.com





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Rj

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#1 posted 04-24-2009 04:44 PM

My Wife would love one of these!

Job Well Done!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 04-24-2009 05:08 PM

good Idea

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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corncob

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#3 posted 04-24-2009 07:02 PM

Very nice! My wife would also love this. And with mothers day around the corner, hmmm, 2 excellent ideas in one post.

-- If at first you don't succeed it'll make some mighty fine kindling -- corncob --

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#4 posted 04-24-2009 07:47 PM

Really cool.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#5 posted 04-24-2009 10:47 PM

Nice looking and oh so useful.

CtL

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

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#6 posted 04-25-2009 12:14 AM

Nice message center, I know your wife loves it.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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