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Project by RexMcKinnon posted 1806 days ago 1258 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier this year my mom was diagnosed with stomach cancer. At first they told her she only had days to live and to call her family immediately. My sister lives close but I am a 14 hour drive away so she called me at work and I left work to prepare. That night I was told to wait because she was to see another doctor. Without going into too much detail I finally did not go to see her until August, about 3 months later, as I had originally planned before I knew she had cancer as the feedback was constantly improving and Kimo seems to be working. Originally she had a 4%-5% chance of a cure and now the cancer has shrunk by 50%. She has a very good attitude and is doing very well. A few days after the initial shock was over and we had a better idea of what we were dealing with I was in a wood shop and found a piece of Brazilian Rosewood. Normally I would never buy wood that cost $38 bdf but as soon as I saw it I said I wanted to make something for my mother. I had a few months to pull it off and what you see is the end result. The last picture one I made for my wife at the same time. The only difference is the handle and there is nothing carved in the lid. In the end I was applying finish 2 days before I was scheduled to leave for the trip. I gave it to her in person when we arrived. It was very well received and now every time someone comes inside the first thing she does says is “Hey look what Rex made me.” This is the first piece that I had the intention of giving away from the time the idea popped in my head to final product. Makes you work/feel a little different; in a good way.

This is my first box, splines, handles, and carving (I carved the outline of the cancer symbol and colored it bleu as that is the color for stomach cancer.) All of the coves in the lid and base are cut on the table saw as I do not have a router that could drive a bit that big. Except for the bleu water based stain everything is done with shellac. The base is attached to the main body with rare earth magnets so as to create somewhat of a secret compartment. The lid just sits on the middle portion. All the light wood is maple and the dark is rosewood.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!





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Dudley

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#1 posted 1806 days ago

Priceless for sure. Glad MOM is doing well. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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Don Newton

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#2 posted 1806 days ago

The boxes are nice Rex. Isn’t it great to make something that was so well received? I wish the best for your Mom.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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RexMcKinnon

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#3 posted 1806 days ago

Thanks for the feedback and great comments. Mom is doing better every day but it not over yet. Only time will tell what the end result is. In the mean time we just take advantage of every day can.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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littlecope

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#4 posted 1806 days ago

Glad to hear your Mom is doing better. And Prayers for her continued good health.
Isn’t there a difference when a project is dedicated? The work is easier and more enjoyable somehow…
First or last, you did a great job on this Rex! But be careful, box building is a slippery slope!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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RexMcKinnon

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#5 posted 1806 days ago

Thanks for the kind comments Mike. It is nice building for someone else and I did not see the “BIG DEAL” about box building until I tried one. It requires much more skill than I expected. Not many people have seen what I have done and I am already getting requests. I have other projects on the go that I must complete first but I will definitly be doing more boxes.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Innovator

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#6 posted 1806 days ago

Rex what a wonderful gift for your Mom.

I will keep her in our prayers.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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RexMcKinnon

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#7 posted 1805 days ago

Thanks Innovator. It is very much appreciated.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 1791 days ago

Nice Box and a beautiful lid.
Gifts from the heart!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#9 posted 1791 days ago

Please give my very best wishes to your beloved mother.I hope she does well so much love from US.Wow the box lid is very very nice I love the design keep up the good work.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 1791 days ago

Thanks again everyone.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 1674 days ago

Likin’ the box Rex…nice work.

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RexMcKinnon

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#12 posted 1674 days ago

Thanks Maplenut.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 1580 days ago

My mom suffered a massive stroke and died 3 days later March 18/10.
She was 64.

RIP

On the brigher side the whole family got to spend the week prior with her and we were all there to hold her hand as we waited for her to pass. Because of where we work and live this is something that happens at most once per year. This year the timing could not have been better.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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