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Project by patron posted 04-20-2013 01:59 AM 2399 views 2 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

my good friends todd and robin
have a daughter kina nickole
that had kidney failure at 16

she recently got a kidney from her uncle after 8 years
and is a riding teacher and horse trainer

thank you nicki
for choosing life

i don’t know much horsey stuff
except how to ride them
and when mom and pop asked about making a tack box for nicki
i didn’t even know what one was
todd wanted to make it himself so i told him to come to the shop and make it here
well they live 4 1/2 hours away from here up in colorado
well work and things kept that from happening
so they asked me to build one and todd sent me a drawing he designed
all solid panels with box joint corners
standing them up on end thru the table saw would have been to scary
and when i got the maple and could just carry one board at a time (10 – 4/4×7 x 10’ )
i knew it would have to be pared back or need two big cowboys to move it empty

the box is 40’ long x 24” wide x 28” high made with rock maple and black walnut
to save weight (the maple is very heavy and very hard)
i made a mortice and tenon framework with a dado for insert panels (like cab doors)
and cross pinned and glued the tenons the wavy overlay is about 3 /16 thick
glued to 1/2 maple ply floating panels and held in place with the walnut trim
that all has rabbets to hold the overlay in place should the glue ever give out over time
the handles are training mouth bits for the halter and are u-bolted thru the ends
and give a nice look
the horses were cut on the scroll saw and interchanged parts to give them color and style
her initials are inlaid into the top

todd and robin just came by and picked it up to drive to atlanta to visit family
and deliver their thanks to their daughter for her determination to make a good life for herself

all our friends and family here have prayed for years for her recovery
and have been fortunate to know her when she could come for a visit
and i am grateful to be part of such courageous and caring people

thank you for letting me be part of that prayer
this is my vision for you nicky

our prayers have been answered

enjoy girl
you earned it

thank you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle





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Lenny

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#1 posted 04-20-2013 02:09 AM

Wow, this has the “David” signature all over it. Not only the project, but the story as well. David you are a remarkable man and not a shabby craftsman at that. Seriously, this is a gorgeous piece that pays tribute to a remarkable young lady. Congratulations for your efforts and for being a part of her life.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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amagineer

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 02:10 AM

David: I have never seen or heard of a tack box. but you have created something that will be cherished for a very long time.
-don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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littlecope

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#3 posted 04-20-2013 02:17 AM

Excellent Work David!
Prayers and Best Wishes to Nicki for continued Good Health…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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donjoe

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#4 posted 04-20-2013 02:25 AM

Amazing story and as always David, beautiful work.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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kiefer

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#5 posted 04-20-2013 02:31 AM

David
A remarkable box and I can see the care you have taken designing and building this box.
Love all the details from the horses to the bit and the corner post detail on the lid .
Thanks for the story behind this and that your prayers have been answered .
Friend like you are hard to find and rare .

-- Kiefer 松

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grizzman

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#6 posted 04-20-2013 02:51 AM

david, you said you had a deadline for a box, gee, this is an awesome box, lots of work on this one..i know it will be loved and cherished, you say her uncle gave her his liver, if im correct does that mean he passed away, or was able to give her a piece of his liver, well this is a wonderful project with gods blessings given to many who were involved..great job.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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patron

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#7 posted 04-20-2013 03:02 AM

thank you all

grizz maybe oops here
you are right i bet
maybe kidney’s

’ .... don now much
about biology …... ‘

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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prattman

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#8 posted 04-20-2013 03:28 AM

David, your work is remarkable, but it cannot out shine your kind and gentil soul. Well done my friend well done.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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Jim Sellers

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#9 posted 04-20-2013 03:30 AM

Very nice David. Superb craftsmanship. Your skills are as admirable as your cause. At 40 ” it is much bigger than it looks in the pics.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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JL7

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#10 posted 04-20-2013 03:33 AM

David – what a beautiful box and a great story for Nicky. You really pulled out all the stops on this and it really shows well. Your style and workmanship is truly superb…...Well done.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 04-20-2013 03:48 AM

COOL tack box!!

First time I have seen a tack box too! ... Kinda looks like a Blanket chest with a special divider in there, for some reason.

Learn something every day…

We also pray that Niki’s new liver likes her and decides to stay in her body without any more problems!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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lanwater

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#12 posted 04-20-2013 04:48 AM

Your made a very special box for a very special person.

Every project you make has something that sets it apart.

Great work as always.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 04-20-2013 05:02 AM

Nice job David. All the best for Nicki. Such a burden to bear at such a tender age.

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

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studie

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#14 posted 04-20-2013 05:17 AM

Great box and story!

-- $tudie

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deon

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#15 posted 04-20-2013 05:20 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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