Christmas Presents Prototype

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Project by Chris Cook posted 03-09-2017 11:48 PM 1632 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being that we’re a three generation Clemson family and we just won the Natty in football, I thought I would crank out a few boxes for Christmas presents for 2017.

I got some scraps together and went for this prototype to see how it would look. I used pieces of cherry, bubinga and padauk.

So this technique is the where you stack two contrasting woods, saw the same pattern and then swap the parts. Since the Tiger Paw logo, by default, has many jagged edges, it’s a cinch to scroll saw.

Here I had the idea of incorporating the National Championship logo into the box, but it gets kinda busy and messy so I bailed on that idea

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#1 posted 03-10-2017 12:19 AM

Hello Chris,

Thats a pretty paw job if I ever saw one.
A question what did you use as a filler between the pads and the box top?

Add a couple of shots of the hinge arrangement and lock to finish it off.
If thats only the prototype I can bearly wait for a production run. (Opps make that a Tiger Paw)

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 03-10-2017 02:50 AM

Really nice work, This is just great. I love it!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 03-10-2017 05:35 AM

Cool, I love the paw and the box. Well done.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 03-10-2017 10:18 AM

awesome job. GO TIGERS!!!

-- frankie v

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 03-10-2017 12:07 PM

A great looking box and a job well done!
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 03-10-2017 01:07 PM

Beautifully done Chris. Way cool.

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

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#7 posted 03-10-2017 02:08 PM

These are wonderful boxes. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 03-10-2017 07:03 PM

Great Box!. And If you are still interested in incorporating the Championship Logo (and Date) into the box, may I suggest burning or stenciling it on the inside of the lid? Or will you be lining the box with Clemson colors?

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 03-10-2017 09:14 PM


I’m working on a chisel rack this weekend with padauk and purpleheart so I’ll always remember I built it a few months after we won the natty!

RL – c/o 2004

-- -RL

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#11 posted 03-11-2017 12:44 AM

Thanks to all for the compliments and great to see fellow Tigers on here! What a time!!!

@robcastle, as for the filler between the pads and box, I used the sawdust and glue technique. Learned much there too! I will have to spend some more time and experiment on mix ratios. One thing is certain that the filler always turns MUCH darker than expected!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#12 posted 03-11-2017 08:51 AM

Yeah Chris thats home made filler for you Thanks…nice effect !!

-- Regards Robert

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#13 posted 03-12-2017 01:19 PM

Go Tigers! Beautiful box!

I actually like the National Championship logo and thought it was part of the latch.

I made a Tigers cribbage board for my neighbors in NC. I think we were the only Clemson fans in Wilmington…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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