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fiberglasswood's picture

I would like to make a wedding gift for a family member of mine. The only problem is I can not think of the perfect project. I definitly want it to be something special. Any ideas would be great! Thank you.

Napie's picture

(post #86006, reply #1 of 22)

I just did a real nice bible/keepsake box in walnut for a friends weddding with a monogram carved in the lid with the wedding date.

GettinTher's picture

(post #86006, reply #2 of 22)

Another poster, Russ, recently made a great Japanese bench as a wedding gift.


See "Kekko-n-shiki Bench" in the gallery (36921.1)

philjohnwilliams's picture

(post #86006, reply #3 of 22)

I just finished building a shaker style blanket chest for my brother in law and his wife.  only problem is they were married over two years ago. i figure i'm ok on time though, it took him three years to make his present to my wife and me.


-pjw

tinkerer2's picture

(post #86006, reply #4 of 22)

I see you're getting all kinds of ideas - all of which are great.  One thing that has always appealed to be is a clock.  It could be a grandfather , wall, mantle etc.  All of your suggestions could be passed on for generations.

QCInspector's picture

(post #86006, reply #5 of 22)

When my buddy got married 20 odd years ago I made them a high chair. Got used for their 3 kids and is now used by nieces and nephews when they come over. I expect grand kids will have their "pampered" behinds in it when their kids start spawning in a few years.

WillGeorge's picture

(post #86006, reply #7 of 22)

I also like the idea of the High Chair and/or child sized rocking chairs. I have never seen a child that does not 'love' a rocking chair.

If not that how about a large size wooden box for their wedding pictures. Maybe with engraved brass or silver plate for their names and wedding date.

Women have a 'thing' about keeping old things from their wedding !not that there is anything wrong with that!

Have a great day.. Life is wonderful even if you are having a bad day!

JMadson's picture

(post #86006, reply #6 of 22)

I got a clock for a wedding gift and I love it. I've attached some clocks from a catalog, they could give you some ideas.


 


 
 
 
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fiberglasswood's picture

(post #86006, reply #8 of 22)

Thank you all for your help, I think I might make a small clock out of Koa, and inlay the date. Thanks again.

HWG's picture

(post #86006, reply #9 of 22)

I struggled with the same decision when my son got married a couple of years ago.  I wanted something special, something different, and something that suggested longevity to their marriage (hoping that it would last longer than mine to his mom).  With less than two weeks to the wedding I hit upon the idea of matching ring boxes sitting on a common base, made from Ancient Kauri, a wood that is 35,000 years old.  I had a couple of board feet over-nighted to me, resawn, made into boxes, and finished in time for the wedding. 


http://www.ancientwood.com/


Woody

Woody

GRW's picture

(post #86006, reply #10 of 22)

I usually give cutting boards to non-family members. For closer family (not my kids) I give a fairly large credit to my shop. They get to choose what they might like made. My brother adds to my credit for my shop as well. By the time we're done with the 2 gifts the new couple can get a custom  piece of their choice that is very affordable.

TomHigby's picture

(post #86006, reply #11 of 22)

Obviously it depends on the closeness of the kin.  For my new daughter in law  I made a blanket chest with her name carved on the front in old English lettering.  For a grand nephew I made a turned cutting board with recessed band around the rim, and carved their names and date on the rim.  Both were much appreciated.


Tom

ajkelly's picture

(post #86006, reply #12 of 22)

I'm just curious.  How do you turn a cutting board?


AJ Kelly

Cincinnati's picture

(post #86006, reply #13 of 22)

Probably like turning a dinner plate or wooden platter. Not all cutting boards are rectilinear designs.

Greg


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ajkelly's picture

(post #86006, reply #14 of 22)

yes, you're right - interesting how the turning concept never even entered my head last night - I was "stuck" on the rectilinear design concept.

WillGeorge's picture

(post #86006, reply #16 of 22)

yes, you're right - interesting how the turning concept never even entered my head last night - I was "stuck" on the rectilinear design concept.


 


Sort of like ME.. I LOVE brunettes.. Then I discovered ALL women look great!

Have a great day.. Life is wonderful even if you are having a bad day!

TomHigby's picture

(post #86006, reply #21 of 22)

I've made several cutting boards on a basic pattern.  I glue up maple in about 1" thickness and cut out a disk of about 16", the largest that I can swing  on my lathe.  I glue it onto asoft-wood piece screwed onto a face-plate, true up the surface and turn a recessed ring about 2" wide with a slight down-ward slope.


There's an endless number of lettering styles,  Dover publishing has several inexpensive books of alpabets.  Lay-out is critical.  The upright elements of the letters should lie on radius lines.


Sharpen up the tools and practice on some scrap.


Good luck!


Tom Higby

WillGeorge's picture

(post #86006, reply #20 of 22)

carved on the front in old English lettering!!!


Maybe I should try that. I cannot carve a straight line!

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philjohnwilliams's picture

(post #86006, reply #15 of 22)

I finally got a digital pic of that blanket chest. Its not a great pic, but it gives you an idea

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WillGeorge's picture

(post #86006, reply #17 of 22)

Very nice work,, And then some!

Have a great day.. Life is wonderful even if you are having a bad day!

philjohnwilliams's picture

(post #86006, reply #18 of 22)

Thank you. I was a little nervous exposing my work for all to see, but now I feel a bit safer posting more in the future.


-pjw

WillGeorge's picture

(post #86006, reply #19 of 22)

I was a little nervous exposing my work for all to see.. LOL


Some I have posted never even got one reply!

Have a great day.. Life is wonderful even if you are having a bad day!

slink12's picture

I know that it is still your (post #86006, reply #22 of 22)

I know that it is still your opinion, but you can just buy something nice. Some clothes or shoes to the wife is more than enough. There are so many nice places where you can do shopping. Click here and you can browse through some nice pickups for women. Good luck!