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Forum topic by ajthomas5009 posted 05-04-2014 02:53 AM 965 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2014 02:53 AM

Good evening my fellow lumber jocks, I’ve come here tonight for advice and or a favor. I have an important Mother’s Day project coming up very soon, that for my live in girlfriend. We’ve been dating almost 3 years and I hope to make her my fiancée on Mother’s Day with a handmade engagement ring box and a matching small jewelry box.

I had planned on squaring the lumber with the set of handplanes I got for my birthday but their still about a week from being finished. Not to mention I would need a little time to learn the skill. So to make a long story short I was hoping to find some one that would be willing square 3 faces on each board so I could accurately square the other sides on my table saw.

The lumber is approx 3bf of curly maple and 7bf of walnut. Here are some pictures of the 3 boards. I’d like to keep them whole. I figured with the board squared on 3 sides I can make some nice thick veneers out of the thin areas instead of turning them into scrap from the start.

If you can’t physically help me out I’m also looking for known cheap options to get this done by a local shop. I’ve called a cpl and they all have a 25$ limit which is beyond my budget.

I live in SE Michigan, Dearborn to be exact.

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 05-04-2014 05:45 PM

Time is not on your side here, athomas. Mother’s Day is a week away (I’m sure you know). My advice is, first off, forget the jewelry box for now. That may be a good anniversary gift for when you have your toolset better established.

The ring box is do-able if you take this week off work and hurry up and find someone with a jointer and planer, maybe through contacts at a local technical school or artists’ guild, or something. Keep in mind the finish schedule may take half the time. I wouldn’t think you’d want to give her a poorly planned and executed object of your affection. She may get the idea that that’s the way you operate your liife and may have second thoughts.

OMHO, woodworking is a pleasurable activity to be done at leasure, not a “hurry up and get ‘er done” activity. Not much woodwork ever turns out well with an extremely tight deadline.

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#2 posted 05-04-2014 11:20 PM

It really isn’t that difficult to square three sides using your table saw if you use a sled. :)
You can make one out of most anything and double stick tape and shims for uneven wood.
But then I am thinking small size. how big are the boxes?

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