A Present for My Mother In Law And Pen Pal Of 50 Years

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Project by Gumnut posted 750 days ago 877 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a set of two identical boxes turned on the lathe.
My Mother in Law was to have a visit from her long time pen pal of fifty years who lives in India, so I set too and quickly made two boxes or bowls with lids so each of them can have a box that would be identical to each other to connect the long term friendship.
The reunion went very well and they were over the moon with the gift!
I am very lucky to have a perfect Mother in Law so it was a labour of love with a one day time frame.
Wood is Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata).


-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 750 days ago

Nice pair of boxes Peter, should keep you in sweet of awhile longer. My MIL is perfect also, she has passed on.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#2 posted 750 days ago

Very nicely made boxes. Its hard enough to make one, but to make another identical seems to add a degree of difficulty. Awesome gift idea for the pen pals. That wood is a real beaut! I do wish we could get more of it here in the states.
After 25 years, my MIL loves me…she just doesn’t know it yet.

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#3 posted 750 days ago

What a thoughtful gift idea. Bet they did love them. You did a great job on these and I love the wood choice.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 750 days ago

Thank you for the very nice comments, Mike Jarrah is our main supply at the hardware stores and the timber yards.
We can get some more figured Jarrah burl and ripple Jarrah from the below websites.

Ratchet maybe make someting that tells your MIL how you feel and of course post it on LJ!


-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#5 posted 750 days ago

Very nice boxes! I love them!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#6 posted 750 days ago

Nice job Peter, well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 749 days ago

Nice idea, nice boxes !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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