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Posted: 1/3/2004 7:45:44 AM EST
hey guys/gals.  been real busy with stuff but just wanted to show off what i made my girlfriend for christmas.  it is a jewelry box that i built using birdseye maple and walnut.  the box and tray are reinforced with maple keys.  the dividers are made from walnut and maple.  i think it turned out pretty good.  the pictures do not do it justice.  she was pretty happy with it.  think she liked the necklace that i gave her even more.    what do you think?  well... hope everyone had a great holiday.

Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:47:36 AM EST
It looks really nice.  Where did you get the plans for it?
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:47:58 AM EST
You know that she will expect you to fill it up, right?
Good job, it looks great.
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:48:02 AM EST
Well done!  I got a table saw and miter saw for xmas so I've been a wood-workin' AR hobbyist for a few days now.

Nice jewelry box!
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:52:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/3/2004 7:52:53 AM EST by SGB]
beautiful work [;)]
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:52:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By medicmandan:
It looks really nice.  Where did you get the plans for it?
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i have a few different 'box making' books.  dont remember the exact name of the one i got the basic design out of.  i did alter the sizes a little and used my own wood combinations.  it wasnt an exact copy of someone elses design.  this was the first time i used 'bridle joints' to make a lid.  was kind of a PIA but they will be strong as hell.
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:53:26 AM EST
Beautiful work, [b]durk[/b]!
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:54:30 AM EST
That's damn nice!
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:54:43 AM EST
Looks nice, I cant work with wood at all.
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:56:17 AM EST
thanks guys.  i really enjoy making things like this.  it feels great to make something so beautiful with your own hands.  you just cant buy that feeling.
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 8:01:33 AM EST
Nice job, man!  That's the best kind of gift.
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 8:02:14 AM EST
Most of the guys here should take a lesson from this.

Here's a guy that not only put his hands to work, but also put a lot of thought into it.

It really is the thought that counts.

I'd love to get something like that... 'cept it'd have to be book shelves because I wouldn't have enough jewlry to fill that thing up but I have plenty of books!

I'm jealous!
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 8:07:10 AM EST
[:)]  oh oh.  sorry guys.  think i may be getting you in trouble with the ladies.  [:)]

i did spend a lot of hours working on it and my mind was on her through out the process.  thats what kept me motivated.  i knew(hoped)she would appreciate the thought and effort more than anything else.
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 8:11:41 AM EST
That is awesome, you should sell some on the side!! Was wondering where the guy was with the coolest avatar... [:D]
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 8:12:26 AM EST
nice work!
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 8:15:56 AM EST
Damn nice work!


Link Posted: 1/3/2004 8:21:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/3/2004 8:22:23 AM EST by NoVaGator]
You might be interested in some of the stuff my father-in-law does:


Link Posted: 1/3/2004 8:35:14 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 8:37:36 AM EST
here are a few christmas presents i made a couple years ago.  just some bowls and candy dishes.  wish i had more time to make more.  what sucks is all i got are the photos and some of my screw-ups.  everytime i make something i give it away or my mom confiscates it.  [:)]  she has a couple of my bowls through out her home.  






Link Posted: 1/3/2004 8:43:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
You might be interested in some of the stuff my father-in-law does:


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wow.  very nice.  someday when i hit the lotto and can retire i might be able to have the time to make things like that.  i just cant put the time or money into it right now.  [:(]
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 9:16:37 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 9:20:15 AM EST
Any books you could suggest to get me started making things like that?
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 9:36:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By medicmandan:
Any books you could suggest to get me started making things like that?
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there are so many good ones available it would be hard to pick.  each one i have read i have learned something different.  i try to use them as a guide or to inspire ideas.  most of the books give step by step directions.  go to a woodworking store or a good book store and leaf through a couple.  find something that you want to make and just go for it.  the only way to learn is to just jump in and try.  i am by no means a professional.  i just enjoy trying and i take pride in doing that.  usually i end up with something im proud of.  sometimes i end up with more scrap.  [:)]  the segmented bowls are a lot of fun.  most of the work is in the cutting of all those damn pieces and gluing them up.  once i finally get to the lathe im scared im gonna blow it up and waste all that prep work.  when you you do finally part it off your lathe it is very rewarding.

try here for a start.

Link Posted: 1/3/2004 9:40:13 AM EST
You are one hell of a craftsman.

Ever see the Simpsons episode where Homer made Marge a Spice Rack? LOL
Thats NOT you man.

Looks beautiful!
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 9:43:49 AM EST
Very nice!

Link Posted: 1/3/2004 9:45:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/3/2004 9:51:20 AM EST by durk]
i learned a lot from this site.  he has plans for making the jigs and stuff.  very good site.  i printed out a lot of the stuff and used it to get me started.


edit:  after looking at some of his work mine looks like stuff you would buy at a discount store.  i am amazed at what he and many others are capable of.  i think i could come close but i dont have the time or patients right now.  i am not confident enough with my turning skills to risk destroying something i spent weeks cutting and gluing together.  guess im not that brave yet.  [:)]
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:46:37 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/4/2004 12:24:33 AM EST
nice job durk! it would make a nice humidor
Link Posted: 1/4/2004 12:32:39 AM EST
Is purpleheart wood suitable for handguards and buttstocks? I think it would look awesome on my Dragunov.

Link Posted: 1/4/2004 12:43:14 AM EST
Originally Posted By Cold_Warrior:
Is purpleheart wood suitable for handguards and buttstocks? I think it would look awesome on my Dragunov.

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Link Posted: 1/4/2004 12:49:00 AM EST
real nice durk. looks like you did fine job.

your gf should be very proud of you!

you have a great holiday too1


Link Posted: 1/4/2004 2:39:39 AM EST
I can burn wood real good.

That is one sweet Jewel box.

Link Posted: 1/4/2004 6:30:35 AM EST
dvd,  looks good.  i made a table similar to that but i left it rough.  it holds my dewalt planer.  [:)]  you are crafty too.  its fun when you think of something that would be nice or make your life easier and then you make it happen.  your range cart is a great example.  nice simple and very functional.  saves you trips i am sure.  i am currently remodeling my house.  when i get it done i think im gonna make some nice endtables and a coffee table for my livingroom.  hope i get to it.  [:)]

cold_warrior,  i would think purple heart would be very nice.  it is very hard.  its a little difficult to work with becasue it is so hard.  its tough on your tools and bits 2.  i think it would look sweet though.

thanks for all the compliments guys.

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