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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 09-05-2012 08:30 PM 7465 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a little woodworking project for the kid.

My daughter Jennifer recently finished graduate school with a PhD. After a few years working with a professor who is her advisor she wanted to give him something as a keepsake. She obtained school records and researched a genealogy of the his past and current graduate students and made a poster of it.

She asked me to make a box and method to hang the poster. After giving me the size of the poster. I produced a wooded box with red velour lining and a wood hanger that is weighted with wood at the bottom. All of the wood is hard maple and I made a little jig for my router table to make the finger joints. My first ones. I’ve never made a box before. I put the entire box together then sliced the cover off on the table saw.

The poster is inserted into a slot in the hangers and 1/8” wooden dowels are inserted into holes that go 3/4 of the way through the wood then Cut off flush with the surface.

TADA!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.





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Surfside

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#1 posted 09-05-2012 08:33 PM

How are you going to finish the box?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 08:36 PM

It already has three clear coats of water based poly on it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 09-05-2012 08:39 PM

What a nice gesture from the both of you. Congrats are in order for your daughter as well. I wouldnt expect anything less for your first attempt at anything. I dig it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Bagtown

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#4 posted 09-05-2012 11:44 PM

Great idea and great execution.
Well done.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#5 posted 09-05-2012 11:51 PM

Nice work. Congrats to her on the PhD.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 09-06-2012 12:36 AM

That turned out very well. I can’t believe you have never made a box before! That’s all I know how to make. With your woodworking skills, a box should not be much of a challenge.

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#7 posted 09-06-2012 04:08 AM

gfadum thanks, I usually make stuff out of necessity. I’d never had a reason to make a box, never mind one with finger joints.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 09-06-2012 12:41 PM

I like the hanger…. and kudos to your daughter for completing her program and showing appreciation to her mentor.

what’s the degree in?

is she going to be a teacher like her pops?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#9 posted 09-06-2012 01:24 PM

No ssnvet, I told them early on that only if they had a burning desire. In the US teachers are under appreciated and at the whim of politics for funding and respect from the local to the federal level. Neither of my girls went into teaching. Keep in mind that for 30 years it was a good profession for me and supported my family but paycheck to paycheck and and a tremendous amount of work for the compensation. As a result my daughter will probably start work with a salary that is triple what mine was after 30 years of teaching with a masters degree. And the job is doing something significant.

Dr. Jenny has a degree from MIT in Materials Science Engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering, a PhD from RPI in NY, and has accepted a post doc position to do research at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with a degree coming from and in association with Harvard. This is from a girl that went to public school and lived on a dirt road in Maine. And she’s a total sweetheart.

Her degree is basically research into nano structures that deliver medicines to targeted areas of the body. Her expertise is in producing those nano particles.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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lumberjoe

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#10 posted 09-06-2012 06:34 PM

Really nice job. I think it came out great. Being made of maple it probably has a substantial amount of weight to it also

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 09-06-2012 07:47 PM

Great idea, and well executed.

Congratulations to your daughter on her accomplishments, and to you and her mother for obviously passing on such fine genes. :-)

With regard to teaching, my son (who turned 26 today) was also a brilliant student, not to mention a six-day Jeopardy champion at the age of 19, and went on to get his masters from Tulane. With all those smarts, he is doing what he always wanted to do… teaching high school Latin. Not much money, but if it makes him happy, that’s really what matters.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Craftsman on the lake

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#12 posted 09-06-2012 08:24 PM

So, how come I put weeks into a platform bed with drawers and several woods and it never makes it to the projects page list and then I throw together a simple box for a poster and it’s there for a few days in the top three. Strange algorithm indeed.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#13 posted 09-06-2012 08:36 PM

I believe it just has to be something different to attract attention. I couldn’t believe the quick and simple toys I made for the g-kids made top 3 considering all the very well made toys and models that have been posted by others.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 09-06-2012 11:55 PM

The secret formula to make the top three is indeed strange. I’m pretty sure you get extra points for a female project model.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 09-07-2012 01:00 AM

There is no justice. I have seen some pitiful projects make the top 3 and then an amazing Maloof rocker barely gets noticed. Go figure! I was REALLY impressed with the lighted bed!

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

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