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11-15-2009 02:08 AM

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Alright as you guys know I’ve just came out of a very huge life changing/saving surgery and I really wanna thank my surgeon for all his time and skills by using my time and skills. But I’m stumped on what kind of gift to make him. I want to make a purple ribbon cut out of purpleheart to be part of the project because it represents epilepsy and thats his main study as well. But like I said I need an idea of what to make him but simple as well because by the time I get back in my shop I won’t be working much yet. And my due date is Dec. 22. So any ideas just voice your opinion. simple, elegant, and worth a big thanx.

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 02:15 AM

Mark – glad you are doing well. How about scrolling a purple ribbon and mounting it on a nice plaque.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 02:18 AM

very nice idea…thx betsy thats on the list…scrolling the ribbon was my main idea but i never thought about a plaque

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 02:23 AM

How about a simple box w/ the ribbon on it?

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 02:26 AM

I think the plaque is the perfect idea

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 02:30 AM

i was thinkin about a box but its a matter what he’ll do with it/how he’ll treat it. kinda makes me worry

-- M.K.

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 02:37 AM

Drs have all kinds of diplomas and plaques on there walls. A box may be more useful.

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

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#7 posted 11-15-2009 03:06 AM

Maybe he,d like a birdhouse ! :)

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#8 posted 11-15-2009 03:12 AM

I made a couple pocket watches with desk stands for the Spinal surgeons that helped my wife. In inlaid ribbon on the back would be real nice.

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#9 posted 11-15-2009 03:17 AM

that is true bob…but will he have room if he puts it on his desk? (box) or will he take it home :S guess it doesn’t matter…i just want him to know how thkful i am i guess.

birdhouse forsure john! lol that would be funny…you’re just working away at a hosp and all of a sudden you see someone headin your way with a huge birdhouse on on a 8’ 4×4 lol ...i do love building birdhouses tho its great…birds are already nested up here tho

papadan thats another great idea…i haven’t personally made one yet but thats my fav part with new projects is the new skills and tasks to learn…thx papadan

-- M.K.

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#10 posted 11-15-2009 03:33 AM

Mark, I have a tutorial on my site on how I turn watches, maybe it will help get you started.

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#11 posted 11-15-2009 03:39 AM

thx a TON papadan! I’ve been wanting to do those for a while…they make great gifts and i have many people who can use them thx

-- M.K.

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#12 posted 11-15-2009 03:42 AM

You could also turn a pen and make the box to put it in.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#13 posted 11-15-2009 03:44 AM

Wow. I’m so glad you’re back on your feet. As a recent beneficiary of medical miracles, I completely understand (my finger was reimplanted after I thoughtlessly cut it off with my new tablesaw). Although there was nothing life saving about it, it was life changing. I’ve been seeing a lot of bandsaw boxes that might be adapted to your ribbon theme. If you’re not completely stuck on the ribbon thing, I can guarantee you that your surgeon will be happy with anything you can make. It’ll be a testimony to your getting back on with your life. A small table with an inlay might be good and easy to incorporate into his home. I think the fact that you even want to do this is pretty special. Sometimes the small, honest gesture means the most.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#14 posted 11-15-2009 04:02 AM

thx and thx a ton captain skully! you make alot of sense. You got me thinkin now on that table thought now too. It defeats the fear of him not making notice/use with it. thx i’ll put that on the list as well…sorry about your thumb..i havent had any of ‘those’ instances YET. lol

hey karson….ive never turned a pen before and don’t you need a specific kit for that?

-- M.K.

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#15 posted 11-15-2009 04:18 AM


Glad you are on the mend! How about one of those wooden briefcases with maybe the ribbon thingie carved or mounted on it. I think you can get plans and hardware at Rockler. He can show it off at the Doctor Conventions.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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