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Project by Marcus posted 435 days ago 2304 views 47 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make my son something special for his 2nd birthday, and I decided on a tool set. I had a piece of curly maple that I had been hanging onto for quite a while, and this seemed like the perfect project for it. The walnut comes from my grandfather who was a cabinet maker. He passed away a couple years ago, but while at his house talking to my uncle, I saw this beautiful piece of 8/4 black walnut in the garage which my uncle let me take. Seemed like a good use for this wood as well. The dark accents are wenge (no story here, just some wenge I picked up cheap!).

I tried to make everything as faithful and realistic as I could. Im a bit jealous of the plane. If you replace that wenge “blade” with a piece of iron, it will make perfect shavings. The mallet is a great size for my grown up hands, hopefully he can keep it that long. The square is about as true as I can make one in my shop. Obviously the saw has very little practical purpose, but I patterned the handle off the dovetail saw I personally use.

I have way too many hours into this little set, but it turned out great, and hopefully he’ll get a lot of use out of playing with it, and then actually using it.





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Marcus

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#1 posted 435 days ago

I should also add that I tried to make the tool tote G&G style. What a miserable furniture style to make! For all of you who do it regularly and do it well, I have much respect for you!

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Brandon

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#2 posted 435 days ago

This is so cool on a number of levels. I’ve been thinking of making something similar for my boy (he’s only 8 months so I have time). I really like how the tools are usable, or can be usable in the future. Great work! And beautiful too!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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mcoyfrog

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#3 posted 435 days ago

Very cool, he will love them for many years

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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woodgraver

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#4 posted 435 days ago

Nice job, great design work with all the elements…wood, shapes, tools! Definately a keeper!

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, Federal Way, WA, http://www.woodgravers.com

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ElliottH

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#5 posted 435 days ago

That’s really nice looking! My little guy needs his own box soon too, especially since he has discovered mine! It’s so much nicer to have wooden toys than a bunch of crappy plastic ones.

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Yussef

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#6 posted 435 days ago

Beautiful work. By the time they’re all banged up, he’ll be itchin’ to be in the shop with you, using all the real things.

-- Yussef, Philadelphia, http://chathampenworks.com/ http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChathamPenWorks https://www.facebook.com/ChathamPenWorks

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syeret

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#7 posted 435 days ago

Beautiful, I’m not sure whether it is a present for the child or enjoyment for the father :-)

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 435 days ago

What a great present and such great work on all of these. It shows how much you care taking the time to make such great gifts….. Real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Soundx

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#9 posted 435 days ago

Great pieces for the son. Hope he keeps them to hand down to his son.

-- Terry,Tennessee

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Francois Vigneron

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#10 posted 435 days ago

What a great birthday present !

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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robscastle

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#11 posted 435 days ago

Nice work on the tool set Marcus, and as ElliottH reports the plastic stuff is not a patch on yours.

Not sure of the practicalities of letting a 2YO lose with a mallet and saw though, brings back memories of me giving my 2YO son a small saw, he tried to saw off the arm of the lounge!!... now 36YO oh those were the days!

Keep up the excellent work its certainly an impressive result !

I made a wooden claw hammer one day waiting for glue to dry not sure if I ever posted it but it always draws a interested comment when anybody sees it for the first time.

Regards

Robert Brennan

-- Regards Robert

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XrayJay

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#12 posted 435 days ago

Those are nicer than most of my tools. They are beautiful. The back story about the Walnut is nice and he should appreciate when he gets a little older.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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HillbillyShooter

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#13 posted 435 days ago

What a cool birthday present for your son! Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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TDominy

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#14 posted 435 days ago

Marcus:

Very nicely done.

Hope you can take it when he uses the square as a hammer on the plane, or tries to saw the coffee table in half with that beautiful saw. :-0

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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aussiedave

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#15 posted 435 days ago

Thats the way Marcus, start them of young…...what a great gift, they look really really good…

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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