Father's Day Box

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Project by Tokolosi posted 767 days ago 1739 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece is out visiting for the summer. The other day she was was hanging out in the garage with me very interested in what I was doing. I asked her if she would like it if I helped her to make a box for her. She said she would love too. I was thinking that she would like a little trinket box or maybe a small jewelery box. When we sat drawing and planning the project she only had one idea. A box for her dad (my brother) that he could put on his desk to help him keep it neat. We designed a simple, functional box.

Taking a leftover cedar fence board left over from a recent re-fencing project we got started. She helped measure, used the table saw and even the router. All under a very carefull eye of course. I learned that nine year old girls are harsh critics and that they dont like sanding very much. Wiping on Danish Oil though is apparantly ‘cool’.

Had so much fun. Happy fathers day Brother.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#1 posted 767 days ago

Very nice box… and good memories :-)

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#2 posted 767 days ago

So sweet!

-- There are countless woodworking plans but have you checked out God's plan? Jeremiah 29:11

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#3 posted 767 days ago

I’m sure she’ll keep that forever; great job the two of you

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Don W

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#4 posted 767 days ago

great story

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 767 days ago

Great project for the both of you to build and Dad / Brother to receive : )

Just a word of caution, Uncle ; )
Perhaps you can get her some gloves to wear while applying and handling the Danish Oil as it can be absorbed thru her skin and cause health issues. Also , it is good that you’re outside because it can also cause breathing issues when inhaled , and she is a lot closer to the fumes than you or I would be. Peace : )
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Extreme Warning: Can cause moderate skin irritation, defatting, and dermatitis. Not likely to cause
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General Warning: May cause skin sensitization, an allergic reaction,
which becomes evident on re exposure to this material.
Eye Contact
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#6 posted 767 days ago

That is awesome – did boxes with my 9 year old daughter as well.
Amazing how meticulous they are compared to my now nine year old boy :-)

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

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#7 posted 767 days ago

Very nice box and a great story as well!

-- -Chris, Pennsylvania,

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#8 posted 767 days ago

Good job, good story, good deal! You did GOOD!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

#9 posted 767 days ago

Fantastic Job she should be proud I am sure her dad is.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#10 posted 767 days ago

what a great story, good job, i know when i started i didnt like sanding

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#11 posted 767 days ago

YAY! Glad to see another talented young lady recruited to the team. Good on you! (both of you for that matter)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#12 posted 767 days ago

Nice project-and the box is excellent too! You may well become “favored uncle”. The time spent will be remembered a lifetime. Good use of your time.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 767 days ago

One small project accomplished so much. You did a favor for your entire family.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#14 posted 767 days ago

Very touching, and precious moments in the shop. Unforgetable and wonderful. She will be a woodworker some day, I’m sure.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 767 days ago

A nice project, a great story, and a very thoughtful young lady.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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