A little box for a sons first knife

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Project by dan abalos posted 06-18-2010 05:13 AM 1865 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Y’all
My son who just turned 10 years old ahd been bugging me about when he could get his first knife. I broke down and said it’s time, so I bought him a small three blade knife for whittling and whatever a young boy does with a knife. I felt the need for a safe place to keep his knife so in my “spare” time I built this little hinged box from scraps I had lying around. It’s pine with brass hinges. I stained the roundout a darker color for effect and put in a rare earth magnet catch. He seemed to like it but how’s a dad to tell? This is one of many boxes I’ve built for the kids but it’s one of the nicer ones I must say. I can only hope that when he’s 50 years old he’ll still have it to give to his son but then again who knows if it’ll last a few years in his hands. Boys will be boys you know.
I hope you enjoyed and thanks for peeking at my wood:-)

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#1 posted 06-18-2010 05:17 AM

I like it, it looks like a book :)

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#2 posted 06-18-2010 05:19 AM

Good job

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#3 posted 06-18-2010 05:32 AM

I have mine, my dad’s and my grandfathers Old Timer 8OT knives. I’ve been wondering how to build an appropriate display for all three. This really got me thinking! I carried a knife to do chores with and whittle or whatever a boy does since I was barely 5 years old. I think your boy will remember this his entire life. Good job Dad. BTKS

The knife in your box looks alot like an 8OT. Three bladed, sheep’s foot blade in the middle and a Calliforina clip blade as the longest with a shorter tapered third blade sure remindes me of the knives I mentioned above. I’ve got to get that display made. Thanks for the kick in the pants.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 06-18-2010 05:34 AM

Just don’t let him take it to school to show it off . With todays zero tolerance policy he’ll get suspended.It’s to bad if I were 10 I’d want to show it off. Great little box…...................Schloemoe

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dan abalos

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#5 posted 06-18-2010 05:52 AM

thanks all
tyskkvinna: perfect for the future spy eh?
btks: not sure of the knife but it does have the blades you mentioned I ‘ll have to check and thank you
schloemoe: take it to school? he’d be busted for sure HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
thanks, it’s still amazing to me what we can do with such a great medium…it’s a good thing there is wood or this would be called rock jocks HA


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#6 posted 06-18-2010 07:04 AM

This is a great “memory keeper”. I figure he’ll always treasure it as much as the knife. very thoughful of you.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 06-18-2010 07:59 AM

I think that a boy always remembers his first knife. Particularly one that is a present from his father. The box was a great idea. and looks great. He will remember it even if it doen’t last.

-- RayCurtis

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#8 posted 06-18-2010 11:20 AM

That’s a nice gift and terrific box to go with it. No that I think of it, whittling was a good introduction to woodworking.


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#9 posted 06-18-2010 01:05 PM

Nice job. I think he will take good care of it, so it will last a long time..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 07-01-2010 02:27 PM

My first knife cost me a $1.11 forty some years ago and the only time I don’t have a knife in my pocket is when I’m on an airline now. A kid needs a knife, how is can you properly explore the world if you can’t cut things up?!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 08-13-2011 04:13 AM

I have always carried a pocket knife. I bought my first knife at eight years old. I do not however recommend ‘non locking’ knives for boys, or men for that matter. My next door neighbor who was also eight and also bought the very same Kamp King knife some 50 years ago had the knife fold up on to his middle finger severing a tendon. His dad took his knife away and I tossed mine. Locking knives were not the rage back then but my dad found one and gave it to me for my birthday the very next month. I have several knives now and always have one or more with me. I can not imagine going through a day without one. Please reconsider your choice of knives for your lad.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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