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Thread: Update on Dad's Knife

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Update on Dad's Knife

    A month or so ago I posted some pics of a brisket knife I made for my dad. Here's the thread. Since then, I've done a bit more.

    First, my buddy Pete Simmons did a bit of laser engraving on the blade...

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    And a closer look, showing his name and my initials...

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    Then I bodged together a case for it to go in. Several things went wrong in the process of making it, and my original plan for a dovetailed sliding lid didn't work out due to my own lack of planning. It's not my finest woodworking by any means, but I suspect Dad will see right past that. (Still, I think I should stick to round work.)

    The case is walnut and maple...

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    The lid slides off...

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    A bit better shot of the curly maple top...

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    The recess inside is flocked with black velvet...

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    And the inside of the top also has black velvet glued to it...

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    Many thanks go out to Pete for yet another great laser job. The engraving will make the knife that much more special for my dad. When I asked Pete how much I owed him for the work, he said to just put it in the FamilyWoodworking fund. So, next time we're collecting donations, I'll be dropping some extra money in the hat...from Pete.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Vaughn, that is great, I'm sure you dad will be pleased as can be
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    What a neat gift! I may have to keep this one in mind for my dad! Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Beautiful, Vaughn!!!

    I have two questions. First, I know that it was discussed before, but where did you find the knife kit? Second, how exactly did you create the knife-shaped recess in the box? I'd love to do something like this for my brother-in-law.


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    "Listen, here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker. "

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Melbourne, FL


    Vaughn - I only added a tiny accent, YOU made the beautiful knife and now the box.

    I have to tell you I was more than a little nervous first spraying your knife with the coating I laser bond to the steel, but then hitting it with the laser.

    With the laser there is very seldom a chance to correct mistakes so I was very worried about destroying this work of art gift for you Dad. You would never believe how many times I checked the spelling and then asked my wife to check it again.

    Everything came out great and I am glad to be able to help.

    What a Great Gift for your Dad!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Decatur, Illinois
    vaughn, what a great gift. that's the kind of thing that would hold a special place in my heart...a hand made gift from a son. the quality looks top notch to me.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Vaughn, that is a very special gift. I'm sure he will love it!
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  8. #8
    Vaughn.....Very, very well done sir! Your Dad will love it!

    Folks....if you haven't seen Pete's work first hand, you should. He did some laser work for me that we cherish!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Wonderful gift that expresses love. Not all father-son relationships have that bond. I'm sure he will treasure.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Well, since this is not spinny stuff it's not covered by my blanket "renwable well done Vaughn" post. Therefore, and without further hesitation,
    Well done Vaughn!
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