Father / Daughter Christmas Project

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Project by Eddy76 posted 607 days ago 1524 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was decided this year that the grandparents, the kids, and grand kids were to all make one homemade gift and not know who was going to open it. My oldest daughter told me what she wanted to make and drew a sketch and said she definitely wanted a metal frame. Fine with me because metal work is my trade and wood is a new hobby so I knew we could both learn some new things. She did most of the cutting and welding. After tacking the frame together, she used JB Weld to fill in all the cracks and low spots then sanded it smooth. We primed and painted it black, then gave it a dusting of brown (both hammered finish paint) let it dry for a couple hours and then rubbed it down with fine steel wool. It gives the metal a beautiful old look, kind of like a tarnished bronze. We used the 1/4” cedar closet liner from Lowe’s for the lumber. She did most of the sawing on that too except for the table saw work. I love involving my kids with my hobbies and I am very proud of her for her patience and dedication.

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#1 posted 607 days ago

what a great bonding project
(and welded too)

very nice work

welcome to both of you to LJ’s

keep ‘em coming

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#2 posted 607 days ago

Awesome job. Wonderful that you & your daughter worked together on this.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- 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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#3 posted 607 days ago

I always enjoy working with the kids, never thought about welding…...

Really nice project, cheers, johnl

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#4 posted 607 days ago

great project, i love spending time with my kids in the shop, they usually bring a new perspective to shed a different light on things.

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#5 posted 606 days ago

This is just so cool, what a great project!
Your daughter has skills, talent and taste!
Great work, Merry Christmas!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 606 days ago

This is awesome! I will be making one of these now! I can’t weld to save my life, so I’ll be using a dark hardwood like walnut in place of the metal.

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#7 posted 606 days ago

Al lI can say is WOW. What a great project for you & your daughter. I have a weak spot or any type of trunk or chest, & this one is one of the nicer ones I have seen. I hope your daughter will continue to be involved in your projects. I really like that metal framework, something different from the norm. Merry Christmas….....Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#8 posted 606 days ago

You have a very beautiful and talented daughter, using this chest and your box for your father’s pistol as
samples of family projects, I would say that you have a wonderful family. Welcome to Lumberjocks, and I
hope we will see a lot more of you and your projects.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 606 days ago

So impressive great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 606 days ago

Nicely done! What a great experience for you and your daughter to spend time together working! Just beautiful

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#11 posted 606 days ago

Very nice project. Elegant and warm.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#12 posted 606 days ago

A very handsome chest ! It looks like your daughter is already way ahead of some of us with a welder . . .

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

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#13 posted 606 days ago

love the cedar
steel frame looks great
you both have SKILLS

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#14 posted 606 days ago

Great work.

The cedar aroma is going to be intense for awhile.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 606 days ago


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