How to make Six Easy DIY Gift Projects – Woodshop Edition


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Do-it-yourself gifts that are cheap & easy! Useful stuff made from recycled wood with a minimum of tools. Lots of great DIY ideas to inspire you including coasters, cuttingboards, birdhouses, treasure boxes, hair jewelry for Mom and a tool caddie for Dad!

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Alright today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you a bunch of really easy Do It Yourself projects that almost anyone can do on any budget that make really great cost effective gifts.
You know, I’ve made a lot of boxes as gifts for people over the years and they’re generally really well received. I make them using mitre joints, dado joints, simple butt joints, elaborate mortise and tenons … you know, whatever.
Here’s a box I made but instead of a lid I strung a hanger across the top and drilled a three quarter inch hole for a songbird’s nesting site. If you don’t like birds you can stick a thermometer or a clock in it. I pretty much always use recycled or reclaimed materials.
I like to carve dug-out boxes in all kinds of shapes – use your creativity. This one has a snug fitting step on the lid that holds it secure. You can get a nice set of brass hinges for about five bucks or improvise like I did with this brass hinge pin.
This is an end piece of a mahogany handrail that I think will make a really nice low-profile jewellery box.
So mark out your dug-out section… set the depth on your drill press or mark the bit with a bit of tape.
I actually ran out of time before I could finish this box but here’s yet another dug-out box I made a while back.
I actually didn’t make this coaster set but I’ve got a pretty good idea how it was done.
You normally see long flat Cribbage Boards with two sets of sixty or a hundred and twenty holes. Instead I took this scrap of mahogany and made a nice Delta pattern to leapfrog your pegs around. Throw in a deck of playing cards and it’s starting to look like a pretty good gift.
Now this is my tool caddy that I cut out of a six by six western red cedar post that used to support my rear porch.
If you can get your hands on some Mammoth or Mastodon Ivory at a local lapidary shop – you’ll find it works beautifully with rasps and rifflers and it can be wet sanded down to a really fine polish.
Now I’ve found hair jewellery is a big hit with women who wear their hair long. But it takes a special kind of girl to wear a hair clip made from a Macintosh LC575.
Work glue in well with a scraper until the wood is completely saturated and use clamps to create this cutting board that I made from some old teak scraps that I rescued from the dumpster.
Wipe excess glue off with a damp rag so you don’t have to scrape and sand it off the next day.
Here I mark it on two sides so I can follow the line with the blade exactly.
A little mineral oil and it’s ready for use in the shop or in the kitchen.
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