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Graduation gift box

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Graduation gift boxMy wife let me know on Friday that she wanted me to make a box/trunk for our daughter who was graduating the next weekend. Fine, but I was going to be working out of town from Monday thru Friday the following week. So I had Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday, and the Friday evening that I returned to get it done. Well, 4:00 to 10:00P friday night, 7:00A to 10:00P on saturday and sunday, and when I returned I put on the stop and the hinge and a coat of wax, and this is it.
The box is 34 inches wide and about 18 inches tall and 18 inches deep not counting the legs. It has a plywood bottom.
I used a great piece of Curly Ambrosia Maple, and framed in the panels with Canary wood that I got from Yoder Lumber. I had used some of the Canary on another project, and was very happy with the way it looked and finished.Sydney loved the box, so it was a great success, and worth the long days it took to make it happen.



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VALERIE'S DANCER!

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VALERIE'S DANCER!Made this ladies dancing shoe out of cedar. Was nice wood to carve and the grain worked well.Imagine Valerie doing her moves, shaking and jiving! Wow!Enjoy the dance!



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The "Paulkravian" workbench, v1.0

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The "Paulkravian" workbench, v1.0My shop is in our single car garage, and there's not much room when the car is in there. My existing workbench is a piece of inch thick melamine covered particle board that used to be a desktop, screwed to a 2×4 frame. It's solid, but larger than I would like, and I can only clamp to the edges.I like the idea of the Paulk workbench, but a regular one is way too big for my space. So this one is 2 feet by 4 feet, and made with 3/4 ply. I initially put together with glued and screwed butt joints. Once the glue was dry, I took out the screws, drilled the holes out, and glued in 3/8 dowels (which was probably overkill). I didn't want any metal in the bench top, as I have accidentally cut into existing bench too on more than one occasion.The legs are based on the Moravian workbench here ( https://woodandshop.com/moravianworkbench/ ). I kind of screwed up and didn't cut the mortises at the right angle, and so cut the tenons on the 2×6 crossmembers at an angle to fit. I didn't want to mess with tusk tenons, so the crossmembers have 1/4-20 threaded inserts in them, and are bolted into the mortises with carriage bolts and shop-made star knobs. The leg assembly is bolted to the benchtop with a 3/8-16 bolt in the top of each leg, also with a threaded insert. The benchtop was given s few coats of water based poly.The test-clamp shown is a cheap Harbor Freight clamp heated and bent with a mapp gas torch. It works, but the bend tends to flex more than I like, so with probably try a different approach.



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