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Mom's 80th Birthday

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 07-29-2007 07:33 PM 2174 views 0 times favorited 54 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Mom will be celebrating her 80th birthday this September and I wanted to make her a box. The vision has changed several time – sometimes because of a creative idea and sometimes because of technical difficulties.

(Once again, the router has “won” and so I had to change my design to eliminate the need to use the router). Someday, Router.. some day!!!

Anyway, I decided that this box would also double as an entry in the joinery category since I have met my personal challenge of no longer using screws if I didn’t need to.

Everything is put together using the DowelMax (including the inclusion of the front pillar). The pillar represents my Mom who is the pillar of the family and if you can see it, the knot in the wood looks like an eye, presenting how she keeps her eye on everyone to make sure she is there when needed.

Wood: walnut (legs and bottom of box), pine (sides of box), aromatic cedar (front pillar)
Joinery: dowels (using DowelMax)
Finish: wipe-on Poly.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)





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john

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#1 posted 07-29-2007 07:39 PM

Nice work Debbie , it looks great
September is a great month for birthdays including mine. lol

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 07-29-2007 07:40 PM

haha I’ll try to remember..
You probably never have enough bird seed! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bill

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#3 posted 07-29-2007 07:41 PM

It looks like you made a nice box Debbie. So, the router won this round, but I bet you get it next time.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 07-29-2007 07:42 PM

well… Rick lost this round as well.. lol
but I haven’t given up!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bill

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#5 posted 07-29-2007 07:44 PM

Maybe the key is to leave the router alone for awhile. Soon it will be feeling unwanted, and will be more cooperative when you show it some attention. Amazing what a little loving will do…

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 07-29-2007 07:46 PM

hey.. that’s a good idea.. into the corner it goes!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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GaryK

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#7 posted 07-29-2007 07:50 PM

Great looking box! I like the symbolic eye!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 07-29-2007 07:54 PM

thank you Gary. It was a lucky find as I kept changing my mind about that main piece… and then “voila” right before my eyes—there it was—the eye

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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robbi

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#9 posted 07-29-2007 08:02 PM

Very beautiful. She will love it. I like the symbolism and all the thought that goes into each piece you do. Don’t worry about that router, every tool I own with a motor has to be looked at and pondered for at least 5 days before I can even take it out of the box, then it sits in my garage (shop) fully put together waiting for me to touch it for another 5 days, then, sometimes, I use it once it scares me so much I have to just watch it for a while longer before I touch it again. Sometimes the fear just never goes away, but fear is not an all together bad thing when it comes to power tools.

-- robbi-Yadahooty!

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 07-29-2007 08:04 PM

that is true….
safety first :)
that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 07-29-2007 08:16 PM

Nice work, and great serendipity with the eye. The dowelmax seems to be a solid performer for you.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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TomFran

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#12 posted 07-29-2007 08:35 PM

Debbie, Very nice work! Isn’t great that woodworkers can “create” something unusal that has character. I’m sure your Mom will treasure it.

Hey, I was wondering if you were interested in selling me your Dowelmax. Those Dominos are better you know. I’d even give you $125 for it ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Joel Tille

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#13 posted 07-29-2007 10:34 PM

I like the contrast in wood colors. You Mom will be very please.

I will need to go get some photos of a small box I made for my mother and post it. Thanks for reminding me Debbie

-- Joel Tille

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TonyWard

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#14 posted 07-29-2007 11:24 PM

MsDebbie There is a lot of love gone into that work, well done!

t.w.

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~ http://www.tonyward.org

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 07-29-2007 11:24 PM

Debbie;

Great work! Gota admit though, when I saw, ” made a box for my mom”, I was a little concerned. LOL

Nice job. Regarding the router: ”stupid router”

I guess we all have toys we don’t play well with.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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