This years Gift for our Teachers

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Project by DrDirt posted 12-22-2011 05:08 AM 2073 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.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 05:13 AM

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 12-22-2011 05:14 AM

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

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 05:17 AM

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

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 05:17 AM

Awsome kids, awsome project.

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 06:08 AM


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#6 posted 12-22-2011 06:30 AM

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

Merry Christmas everyone.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#7 posted 12-22-2011 06:47 AM

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

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 12-22-2011 07:23 AM

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!!!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 12-22-2011 04:12 PM

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 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 12-22-2011 04:26 PM

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 12-22-2011 06:31 PM

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 now time to work!!!

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#12 posted 12-23-2011 03:49 AM

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 12-23-2011 06:36 AM

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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