Knife box for Dad

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Project by Tooch posted 12-22-2016 11:03 AM 1306 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a knife for my old man for Christmas, but couldn’t decide on how to wrap it, so I made my own box. Made from 2 pieces of cherry, I milled out the insides, then cut it out to shape. After I had the top & bottom, I spent some time on the belt sander to get the too to shape, then lots of hand sanding to get all the marks out. The bottom is routed to create a footer, then stamped with my personal branding iron.

I wanted to add a personal touch, so I did some research and found the quote for the top online; thought it was pretty fitting. The two pieces are attached with a 4” piano hinge. As I have said before, I don’t hate hinges, I just hate installing them… Such a tedious process for something so small.

The finish is a couple coats of walnut oil, 1 coat of spray lacquer and several coats paste wax. The top and bottom felt pieces are held in with a 2 part epoxy. Overall dimensions are 1-1/2” tall x 3” deep x 5-1/2” long. It was a lot of work for such a small project.

Thanks for looking! Comments welcome and questions replied too… Merry Christmas to all of you out there in Lumberland!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 11:56 AM

Very NICE!

How did you do the quote on the top?

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 12:01 PM

The box will be a nice compliment for your dad’s knife. You did a great job on shaping it. The saying on the box should warm his heart. That should make up for all the wrong doings you did when you were young. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 12-22-2016 12:07 PM

A really great job and a present to be cherished.

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 12:11 PM

A very nice knife box, you did good on the quote as well. You’re going to have a happy father.

That’s one of the main reasons I only use wooden hinges as they are much easier to install than the metal hinges.

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#5 posted 12-22-2016 12:31 PM

Very good and simpliest possible making process. Ones I made mistake with simmilar project – frst cut outside than had to find the way to mill it inside. Great gift, very well made front top letters.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-22-2016 01:25 PM

Excellent box, Mike and a great gift to your dad!!!!!!!!! it will be an heirloom!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-22-2016 02:23 PM

that is one beautiful piece

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#8 posted 12-22-2016 02:58 PM

Just beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and yours

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 12-22-2016 03:55 PM

very nice

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#10 posted 12-22-2016 04:52 PM

Thanks Rick, I designed the lettering in CorelDraw and executed it with a laser engraver. the Font was downloaded from

Dave I was hoping so… I gave the old man more than his fair share of grey hairs.

Thanks RedOak, QuietFly, and David for the nice comments.

Randy I have been trying to get more into wooden hinges, but it seems I never have enough time to setup the router jig.

Ivan I have done the same thing in the past, as well. This time I spent lots of time planning out the order of operations before going at it.

Jim its kinda weird to think that it may become an heirloom, which means I basically made it for myself?

Thanks Roger, a very Merry Christmas to you too.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#11 posted 12-22-2016 05:35 PM

Imaginative and well constructed too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#12 posted 12-22-2016 09:53 PM

a very beautiful heartfelt gift …. he should cherish it ….. GREAT JOB :)


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#13 posted 12-24-2016 05:42 PM

Wow Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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