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Our 4 sided pyramid/Valentine's box

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Project by Hanman posted 02-13-2012 06:06 AM 1735 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son had a nice idea to make his valentine’s day box at school in the shape of a 4 sided pyramid. After posting a question on LJS about how to figure these angles I was directed to an awesome link that helped us (my 8 year old son Bryce) figure it out pretty easily. I’ve been trying to get Bryce hooked on woodworking the same way I did when I was his age so I thought this would be a nice chance to work with him, and he didn’t disappoint. The sides were made out of some crappy old 3/4” veneer cabinet doors I had saved for unknown reasons. Just in case some of you noticed that they were painted already, don’t worry. I used to be a lead abatement supervisor and tested the paint for lead paint before I let the boy sand away on them. Anyways, it turned out pretty good for his first project. I’m not the most protective father in the world but I wasnt about to turn him loose on my table saw just yet! So I cut the angles for him, he and I glued and nailed it together, he sanded it, painted it, and helped cut the top of so he could see all the valentine’s from his girlfriends. lol Had a great weekend working with my boy on this. Makes a dad proud. Thanks for looking!

-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman





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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 10:51 AM

This is really cool! What a wonderful way to get him interested and involved. It’s a great project and I am sure it will be a fond memory for him in years to come. I hope he is bitten by the woodworking bug too!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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rmac

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 11:21 AM

After posting a question on LJS about how to figure these angles I was directed to an awesome link that helped us (my 8 year old son Bryce) figure it out pretty easily

Cool box and chance to work with your son! Any chance you could post the link you were talking about?

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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Bluepine38

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 02:17 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, you and your boys should have a great time here. Your shop looks about as
warm as mine is most of the time. Thank you for sharing your project, and I hope you and your boys have
many more on here.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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StumpyNubs

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 02:27 PM

That’s very well done! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 02:43 PM

Great Job, with the project & most important The Parenting!!!

Here is the link to the Compound Saw Calculator ,

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Hanman

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 02:58 PM

Bluepine38- yeah my shop isn’t heated at the moment and it might be the coldest building ever constructed. Very nice in the summertime though!

DIYaholic, thanks for sharing the link.

Thanks for looking everyone, Bryce will be excited to hear that people liked his creation.

-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman

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Hanman

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#7 posted 02-13-2012 03:24 PM

oh, and disregard the underwear on the floor in the background and the border that our 4 and 2 year old boys have slowly destoryed. lol

-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman

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jumbojack

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#8 posted 02-13-2012 03:37 PM

Please excuse my ignorance, but how did you cut the top off after securing the sides to each other?

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Hanman

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#9 posted 02-13-2012 03:45 PM

glad you asked jack. It was an afterthought. Originally we were just going to leave the base free so you could lift the entire pyramid off of the base to get at the goodies inside, but after it was built Bryce wanted it to have a lid. So I used my Rockwell SoniCrafter tool to plunge cut it. Tried to make the cuts perpendicular to the pyramid sides so it just sits in there nice and neat and can’t slide around, similar to a jack-0-lantern. Definitely the backwards way of doing this as it would have been much easier and more precise to cut the lid before assembly but it actually turned out pretty good. You know what they say, hindsight is 20/20!

-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman

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rmoore

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#10 posted 02-13-2012 03:51 PM

Cool project. Glad to see his determination is greater than the cold. I hate working in the cold. Looks like you need a woodstove or something in there.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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rmac

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#11 posted 02-14-2012 10:28 PM

Randy, thanks for the link!

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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