Thursday, September 27, 2012

Finished gifts

The walnut box I was building for my grandma and the cherry and maple cutting board both turned out great.

The cutting board was a gift for my sister and she was very excited to get it. 
 I was really proud of of how the box I made for grandma turned out.

I have a feeling I am going to be making a lot of cutting boards as Christmas gets closer.

This is only about 3 weeks over due. I am going to try and get into a schedule of posting more often.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Gift making

Saturday morning I managed to got a little shop time in and work on a few projects that are need to be finished up rather quickly.

The maple and cherry cutting board was ready to run the glue up through the planner, next I cut it into strips and reglued it in a end grain checker board pattern. Here is a picture of it out of the clamps and ready to sand and finish.
 I also worked on the box I am building for my grandma. I routed a grove in the sides to hold the bottom, and then after some trial and error I managed to make some acceptable miter joints on the corners. This is mainly a display piece, if it was something that would see extensive use I would add some splines to the miters to strengthen them.

 The piece I used for the bottom is a lot of sap wood but I wanted the to be made completely from wood that was grandpa's. If I add any ascent wood it will be from the few piece of wood I have harvested myself.
 I still have to cut the lid to size and add hinges. I will be working hard this week to have the box ready to give to Grandma this weekend at her birthday party.