A quick attempt at being special

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 536 days ago 1435 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked for a special box for a small boy with lots of medical problems. The catch was that he was being shipped out again for treatment. Timing is everything. I had just got some different types of wood into the shop. Since I only had a couple days I didn’t get it quite the way I wanted. I used brass hinges. Hate them. I really prefer wooden hinges. There’s no trays inside. That was by request. Because of problems with his hands they felt it would be too tough for him to deal with a tray. I believe the bottom is cherry. The lid is a walnut ring with mesquite inside. All splines are red cedar. It has 3 coats of wipe on poly. I would have preferred 3 or 4 more but didn’t have the time. I am sure this won’t appease the box Gods. I just hope it’s special for a little boy.

Thanks for looking

-- 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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#1 posted 536 days ago

Pleasant idea Monte, very good.

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#2 posted 536 days ago

It fantastic, and a great reason for the work! The best part of wood working is making things that makes peoples lives better… did that for sure! Thanks for sharing that Monte.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#3 posted 536 days ago

It’s very nice, I’m sure he’ll love it.

-- Janice

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#4 posted 536 days ago

It may not appease the box Gods but I bet it sure made that boy happy! You are a good man Monte!

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

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#5 posted 536 days ago

Way to go Monte. You have a big heart. I’m sure the receiver will be exstatic

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

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#6 posted 536 days ago

Nice, and the gesture was a good one. So what it is not on the top 5 of the BEST? I think the recipent will think it is and at the end of the day thats all that matters…

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 536 days ago

I promise that little boy will cherish it! You didn’t show the hinges so I can’t make an ugly comment about them! LOL. You are very kind to do a “short notice” box as busy as I know you are. I’m betting that your photos don’t do it justice.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 536 days ago

I didn’t show the hinges because I thought they were ugly. I wish I had it back and make wooden hinges for it.

-- 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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#9 posted 536 days ago

I’m sure he’ll be pleased, great work on a tight deadline.

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

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#10 posted 536 days ago

Your work on your worst day is better than mine on a good day Monte….lol I always knew there was a soft mushy core in you somewhere, really deep down…Good build for a great cause…well done

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 536 days ago

I think it will do just fine !

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

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#12 posted 536 days ago

A gift from the heart is more valuable than any other…and this box is most certainly from the heart…NICE…!

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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robert triplett

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#13 posted 536 days ago

Monte, I work with small children every day and I can tell you that this will be a hit. They love to get things and especially like the people who make things for them. That was some nice wood you used.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#14 posted 535 days ago

Great box for a great cause, Monte.

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

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#15 posted 529 days ago

Monte, this looks like a really nice box and I am sure he was happy to get something so nice looking.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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