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Project by scottb posted 03-04-2008 02:19 AM 2400 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rob and I started exchanging home made gifts last Christmas, you may remember my problems with prototyping a new project as a gift (6-in-one screwdriver I started on before kits were available) – well this year, I threw caution to the wind and tried something new.

But just in case things really turned south, we allowed ourselves a little extra time… And on the 66th Day of Christmas, my BIL gave to me… (like the Magi took a left turn at Albuquerque and showed up on Leap Year Day.)

I had this idea on the back burner for a while, and it wasn’t until after I started making it, that I came across these: same idea, only considerably costlier than mine. I guess there is something to be said for the collective unconsciousness… but I digress. I had a couple other ideas, but this one really appealed to me, for its usefulness, cleverness, and punnyness. (Robs a punny guy.)

The how to – crack open a branch, scoop out enough space for the flash drive to fit.

Epoxy both sides together. (as soon as I glued it, it occurred to me I should have put the sides together, and then did the sanding and finishing BEFORE glueing the flash drive within. So I had to be really careful not to damage the usb adapter from this point forward.

Luckily, having no moving parts, I could still be a little rough – break out the orbital sander to make this nice and smooth. Unf. the glue line showed more than I thought it would, staining didn’t do anthing to hide it. Sanded again, and chiseled out the epoxy line a bit, applied wood glue and sanded more. This did more to hide the glue line – but as I overcut the hole for the flash drive I needed to pack in some wood filler.

Mental note – If I make another one, just drill out a hole large enough to put a flash drive into, then pack in some wood filler (or that play-doh like epoxy stick) around the usb port, no cracks, holes or such to take care of – that, OR add some decorative carving to the sides to downplay the joinery. I wanted this to look as natural as possible, so the attempt at carving was also sanded off.

I also cut this a bit too short, and it left a hole at the bottom – which I filled and turned into a feature. ;)

The wood is maple off my property, the finish is the family favorite, Howards orange wax and feed.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 03-04-2008 02:21 AM

Pretty cool! No mistaking who that belongs to.

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

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#2 posted 03-04-2008 02:27 AM

I wonder if a mortising jig with a small bit could be a useful way to create a rectangular hole to insert the drive? of course I don’t have a mortiser to try it out…

the USB kits I’ve seen through Penn State Industries are just too pricey, so I like your take!

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#3 posted 03-04-2008 03:04 AM

oh man that is so cool. I’m getting a flash drive for school sometime soon and i just know that I’m gonna try that out. that has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. thanks for the post and the great idea.

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#4 posted 03-04-2008 03:25 AM

hmmm…. would saving a couple bucks on a flash drive offset a new domino? that might do the trick.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 03-04-2008 03:42 AM

ha.. leave it up to you to create a U-S-Tree card.. awesome.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 03-04-2008 04:23 AM

Punny thing happened on the way to the mailbox…. Once I opened it I couldn’t beleaf it!

Thanks for the memories, Scott! Nice to see your ventures are branching out to new areas.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 03-04-2008 04:31 AM

Man oh man. Give a guy a memory stick, a hunk of branch and waaaaaaay to much time . . . what do you get?

What’s next . . . a “memory” box to keep all your digital images ???

Good creativeness there Scott. :-)

-- BLOG -

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#8 posted 03-04-2008 04:35 AM

cool idea !

what next ? a wooden steampunk laptop ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 03-04-2008 05:12 AM

Scott. I guess thats called seeing something outside the box. I very unique gift.

-- 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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#10 posted 03-04-2008 05:14 AM

Scott, very cool idea! -- WARNING! PUN AHEAD!-- I hear these are great for storing your LOG files. :-)

I took a look at your other post as well – and enjoyed recognizing the “those responsible have just been sacked” comment!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#11 posted 03-04-2008 06:55 AM

Cool project!

Note to self – consider a SawStop to minimize the “opportunity” to make a ‘thumb drive’ similar to this.

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#12 posted 03-10-2008 05:53 PM

Too cool!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#13 posted 03-10-2008 09:14 PM

That is really clever

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#14 posted 03-11-2008 09:55 AM

Now that is something that I will gaurantee that he won’t get two of.

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

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#15 posted 04-21-2009 08:38 PM

great geek idea, i love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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