Secret santa gift

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Project by schwingding posted 12-24-2007 09:27 PM 2013 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My family plays secret santa instead of giving everyone a gift. There’ll probably be 20 or more people involved tomorrow night, and it is a lot of fun. We have a $15 maximum on the gift, so I’m OK, the lumber probably didn’t cost two bucks. Won’t be much of a secret, but what the heck..

Inside is one of my custom letter openers.

-- Just another woodworker

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#1 posted 12-24-2007 09:33 PM

how wonderful.
Lucky recipient!!!!
box and letter opener are both so beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 12-24-2007 10:24 PM

Good looking gift. I would be happy if I received something like that.

I like the secret Santa idea and think whoever gets it will be lucky.

-- Kirk H. --

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#3 posted 12-24-2007 10:25 PM

Great gift. Nice job on it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 12-24-2007 10:42 PM

Very nice. Is that Walnut and Maple?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 12-24-2007 10:58 PM

That lid is awesome, how did you get that color???

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 12-24-2007 11:12 PM

Thank you everybody. Yes, it is walnut and maple. Jim, the top was done as follows:

First it was dyed with a brown mahogany color, then almost all sanded off. Then it was dyed with a dark red mahogany, then nearly all sanded off. Finally , it was dyed with a lemon yellow, then partly sanded off. Then it was oiled (Watco), then shellac’d, then sprayed with lacquer. I used Transtint water soluble dyes.

-- Just another woodworker

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#7 posted 12-25-2007 01:16 AM

Beautiful box. Merry Christmas.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#8 posted 12-25-2007 04:45 AM

Nice gift and beautiful box!

-- Krisztian VA My website:

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#9 posted 01-08-2008 04:51 PM

As the game turned out, my 90 year old grandmom had the first pick, which meant that she also had the last steal of the game. She walked around the room looking at all of the gifts everyone had, and snatched my little wooden box right out of the hands of one of her grand daughters! It was pretty funny, and also an honor. Must be nice to be 90 and not give a crap about who you pi*s off.

-- Just another woodworker

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