Wife's Birthday Present

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Project by ThreeJs posted 02-13-2008 02:53 AM 2377 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday was my wife’s birthday. Because she is pregnant, and due in 2 weeks, we had already celebrated by going out. And she had ordered her presents a couple weeks ago.

Well, the day started off poorly. The boys were crazy, and our second oldest had a stomach bug, so I decided to stay home from work and help out. So she got about 3 more hours of sleep, I took care of the youngins, and did a little housework, and was rewarded with shop time in the afternoon. Not wanting to get into anything big right now, I decided to make a box for her.

She had been asking for a storage/travel container for crochet hooks that I turned for her, and she really liked the other box I made for her MP3 player. So I made an elongated version of the box.

The box is made from cherry, and maple. It is finished with linseed oil and wax, just like the hooks.

I have gotten better at working with curly maple since the winter challenge, and am happy with the results of this box. I think it turned out ok, for only a couple hours work.

I added a closeup of the box side. It just looks like pixelation in the first two, but in real like it looks like the grain you see in quater sawn oak, every once in a while.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#1 posted 02-13-2008 03:02 AM

Nice wood selection for a very cool project! Well done. I’m sure your wife is/will be thrilled!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 02-13-2008 03:02 AM

Very nice! And I’m sure she REALLY appreciated you staying home to help out. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-13-2008 04:34 AM

Looks very nice. I’m sure she will be happy with it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-13-2008 05:07 AM

This is a nice project. Maple and cherry are a favorite combination of mine.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-13-2008 07:25 AM

Nice job ThreeJs

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 02-13-2008 08:18 AM

Great looking box – and man you made some major points, staying home to help out. Congrats on the soon to be new addition to the family.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 02-13-2008 08:56 AM

Beautiful combo of woods!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 02-13-2008 11:04 AM

Great looking box, at first look I thought it was quater sawn oak, until I read your post saying it was cherry…I have alot of oak growing here on my property, when I harvest for firewood I have a few logs quater sawn at the mill and let air dry for a year befor using for projects around the shop…...

-- Mark, Hancock Maine,

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#9 posted 02-13-2008 01:32 PM

Your wife is certainly very happy. Nice box.

-- Jiri

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#10 posted 02-13-2008 01:45 PM

quite the excitement in your household these days!!
great box.
Now, have we seen the crochet hooks that you made?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 02-13-2008 05:18 PM

Very nice and I am sure she loved it and your staying home for her also.

-- Hope Never fails

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#12 posted 02-13-2008 06:11 PM

Beautiful. I like the long skinny shape.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 02-13-2008 10:27 PM

You are a good man to help with the kids and make a gift in the same day.

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