Going Away Gifts

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Project by rtbrmb posted 04-04-2012 03:22 AM 2076 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Due to a very unpopular reorganization, 2 of my younger co-workers were transferred to other offices so I took some time to make them each a going-away gift. Now that I don’t have the boxes any longer, I wish I would have taken more pictures.

The boxes are constructed of big leaf maple & some local walnut (with amazing grain patterns). I used lap joints then installed 4 maple pegs on each corner – into the walnut ends.

The first pic shows both boxes & their content – I saved hand plane shavings and used some as packing material.

The 2nd pic shows the image I ironed on the box front (before assembly). It is a piece of art work from the artist that decorated the bottle label. The next pic shows (somewhat) the grain pattern on the top – I left a bark edge on one side (in the right corner).

Pic 4 & 5 are the same box-the deer image was also ironed on this box.

I used decorative bolt on (no mortise) hinges from Rockler. They look good & saved a ton of time.

For a finish I brushed on a nice coat of shellac & sanded, then finished with several aerosal coats of shellac. Rubbed on wax with 0000 steel wool & buffed it out. Everyone seemed to appreciate their hand made going away gifts.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 12:49 PM

Very nice gift boxes. They will be well received and appreciated. If I go away, wil I get one?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 12:54 PM

Thats a very nice gift not to mention a great build. I like the plane shavings for packing.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 10:43 PM

I would go away if it would get you to make me one of those! Beautiful!

Thanks for posting!
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#4 posted 06-16-2014 01:14 AM

What a gr8 way to give some spirits to someone.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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