This years Gift for our Teachers

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Project by DrDirt posted 954 days ago 1404 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this year my youngest kids 3rd and 5th grades made christmas gifts for their teachers.

We made the fold-up box from Wood Magazine, (November 2011) which made a great keepsake, and was a nice project to work on with the kids.

If I were to make it again I would scale it up a little – but the method of folding it up was really cool.
Only difference is we used the bandsaw to free the lid instead of the tablesaw.
That required more sanding to clean up the lip but was much much much safer with kids than trying to hold a small box on the tablesaw.
The jatoba strips fit into a 1/2 inch wide 1/8 inch deep dado cut before the box was folded.
just cut the 1/8 by 3/8 stips to rough length then made the 45 degree mitres using the disk sander – - keep touching it till it is exactly the right length.

Never though I would use a 12 inch disk as much as I do

Box is Jatoba and Maple finished in deft lacquer since (as usual) time was running out.
Today was the last day of school (Dec 21) – so was also Pajama day.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#1 posted 954 days ago

Good job kids.
I’m sure the teachers appreciated the beautiful work.
Nice to see the next generation starting early.

Merry Christmas,


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#2 posted 954 days ago

Great post, nice looking family and boxes, the teachers should be impressed.

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#3 posted 954 days ago

Great job guys (& gals)...nice work!

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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jim C

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#4 posted 954 days ago

Awsome kids, awsome project.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#6 posted 954 days ago

Thanks guys – want to get them comfortable working with their hands and not be intimidated by the machinery.

Merry Christmas everyone.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#7 posted 954 days ago

They look great. I bet the teachers will treasure them.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#8 posted 954 days ago

The Best gift’s are handmade. They are made especially for someone you like. I bet the teachers will love that gift and remeber you everytime they use it!
That sure is a nice looking box! Good Job!!!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 953 days ago

Best looking pair of apprentices I have seen in a long time, and from those smiles, they seem to think they
have terrific father/woodworking teacher also. The boxes are also very good looking and I am sure will be
appreciated. Thank you for sharing and I wish your wonderful family a Merry Christmas. Did that furry
reindeer sneak in because he did not have time to make a wooden one?

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 953 days ago

The best is the time spent with your kids woodworking.. creating special memories is important..they will always remember them.. thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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#11 posted 953 days ago

As a teacher, I treasure gifts that students make. I’m sure their teacher will also. Those are very nice. Great idea to use the bandsaw. I would do that myself with such a small box.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#12 posted 953 days ago

Nicely done. It is always a good time in the shop when kids are with you and enjoying it.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 953 days ago

It certainly is wonderful to see families working together. Your children have to feel very good to be able to make such nice gifts for their teachers. How delightful to see children actually producing something and not just playing video games. When they experience the joy of creating with their hands, they will grow up to be very productive adults.

Is the quilted placemat another family creation? Thanks for sharing such an encouraging story!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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