Christmas gifts- boxes & candle holders

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Project by Dan posted 12-28-2010 08:56 PM 2967 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are just about half of the gifts I made for Christmas presents this year. I originally got an early start but ended up slacking so I really had to bust ass towards the end. I started building these boxes and candle holders two days before Christmas. I was up until about 2:30am on Thursday working on them and then I was up all night Christmas eve finishing them. I finally got to bed at 5am only to have my boys wake me up at 8am! These are just some of the gifts. I made 4 more boxes and one more candle holder that are not pictured.

For rushing through these I think they turned out really well. Most of the work was done by hand as all the wood was hand planed, all rabbits were smoothed with a chisel and many of the small parts were cut with hand saw. These were all finished with shellac and some got a few coats of poly.

The first box is made out of redwood, spalted maple and curly maple. I found a cool scrap of spalted maple that I thought worked out great for the handle. The legs are curly maple and were beveled at the top and shaped with hand plane. This box was given to my mom.

The next box is Basswood, Spalted Maple and Mahogany. I had a piece of basswood that had a really amazing and beautiful grain pattern. I have never seen basswood with that grain pattern before. Rather then legs like the other two I just cut splines in this one and used some scrap Mahogany for the splines. Lid is also spalted maple but ran out of time to make a handle. This one is probably my favorite because of the amazing grain in the basswood.

The third box is also Basswood and curly maple. This one came from the same basswood board as the other. The grain is not as detailed as the other one but still nice. The lid is curly maple.

The small candle holders were just scrap wood blocks of maple, cherry and mahogany glued up. The bigger candle holder is maple and mahogany. Holes were drilled larger so that they could take a larger candle if they want to change them someday.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 12-28-2010 09:15 PM

Nice Boxes !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 12-29-2010 05:59 AM

That is a very interesting grain pattern on that second box. It’s a beautiful box.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#3 posted 12-29-2010 06:49 AM

Dan, those are very nice and elegants gifts. I can imagine you rushing before Xmas… For sure they have enjoyed. Take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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