Mother's Day box

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Project by FatScratch posted 05-11-2009 02:21 PM 1546 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Mother’s Day box I made for my mom. My Dad past away last month after a terrible and rare disease. For thirty years he had about 10 maple logs sitting next to their fireplace. They were about six to eight inches in diameter each. He thought they looked nice next to the fireplace and said they couldn’t be burned, they were “show wood.” He was goofy sometimes. We always joked about the valuable “show wood!” Just before he died he had a new fireplace mantle made for their house and removed the logs. I took them a couple of weeks ago and turned them into this box, except for the handle which is purpleheart. The box is about 8” x 8” and 3” high. This was the first time I used any kind of rough lumber. I used my 10” bandsaw to trim it after splitting the logs. I don’t have a jointer yet, so a lot of time went into flattening the wood with hand planes before going though my thickness planer.

I think my Dad would be mightly proud that I gave his “show wood” a new life!

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#1 posted 05-11-2009 02:50 PM

Nice box and nice story. I’m very sorry about your dad.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 03:08 PM

What a nice way to remember your dad!
The box is beautiful.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 05-11-2009 04:50 PM

a touching story and nicely built gift

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 05-12-2009 01:28 AM

A very nice remeberance piece, great workmanship.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 05-12-2009 02:05 AM

Very beautifull box, with a great story to go with it.

Great way to keep your dad’s memory alive. Your mom will love it!

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 02:46 AM

Very nice box. How did you make the radius on the 4 sides?

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#7 posted 05-20-2009 02:09 PM


The radius was done mostly with planes. I used my #5 to rough it to shape, a block plane to get it a little closer, and then hand sanding with 100 & 150 grit paper. This was by far my most satisfying work, aside from the sentimental value, due to the amount of hand tools used. Hearing a plane blade cut the wood is addictive.

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