Archive for December, 2013

Wooden Toy Box

Although finished last, this box is what started my wooden gifts this year. I saw a plan online for a toy box and thought it would be nice to give to my niece. I made this out of solid birch with purpleheart accents on the sides (including the back). I also wrote out her name in purpleheart on the front. 🙂 I have friction stays installed on either side of the lid to help it close without slamming.

Birch toy box with purpleheart accents on the sides with Abby cut out in purpleheart

Birch toy box with purpleheart accents on the sides with Abby cut out in purpleheart

I cut out a decretive design on the side to form the feet

I cut out a decretive design on the side to form the feet

Friction stays are installed to prevent the lid from falling back, or slamming.

Friction stays are installed to prevent the lid from falling back, or slamming.

 

This chest is based off of Fine Woodworking’s 18th Century Six-Board Chest. You can’t get boards that wide, so I used more than 6. 🙂

http://www.finewoodworking.com/woodworking-plans/article/18th-century-six-board-chest.aspx

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Cedar Planter Box

Since I have been on a roll this year making gifts out of wood, I decided to make a cedar planter box for my mom.

Cedar Planter Box

Cedar Planter Box

 

I found the plans for this here: http://www.runnerduck.com/planter_box.htm But I made it a little higher than the plans because I thought it looked better.

Gift Box for my Dad

I thought of an excellent gift idea for my dad for Chirstmas this year, but I needed something to put it in. I thought it would be a fun project to just build a simple box for it. I made it out of birch that I was given as well as some purpleheart for accent pieces. I used rare earth magnets (very strong) to hold the box closed. I can fill it up and hold it upside down and it wont open.

 

Birch gift box with purpleheart accents.

Birch gift box with purpleheart accents.

Rare earth magnets were used to hold it closed.

Rare earth magnets were used to hold it closed.

Train Whistles!

I saw a video online where they made some train whistles. I happen to have one, and my niece loves it, so I decided to make her one. I ended up making 2. One in purpleheart and one out of cedar.

Train Whistles made out of purpleheart and cedar

Train Whistles made out of purpleheart and cedar

 

I got the idea for these from Woodworking for Mere Mortals: http://www.woodworkingformeremortals.com/2012/12/make-wood-train-whistle.html