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    Need help with birthday ideas

    Hey, folks,

    I'm in a bind and need some help. A very special colleague's birthday is coming up tuesday, and I want to make something for her. Last year, she got the first presentable bowl off the lathe, so a bowl is out (though she uses hers all the time). That three foot tall birdhouse I made went to her boss, so something like that is out too. Frankly, I'd been planning to steal the idea for that cheese and crackers plate that Cody made, which was so cool, but we've been swamped at both work and home so I never got around to ordering the center and the glass top from craftsuppliesUSA, so that's out...

    Please please please help me think of something special and unusual to make for her on the lathe, or otherwise!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Bill...I've been meaning to make a birdhouse like the ones Curt F. and Vaughn (probably others too) made in the past...here is a link to Vaughn's and the last post has a pic of Curt's too.

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    My MIL saw the pics and wants one...maybe your collegue would too?
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    Jeff,

    It's a great idea. Only problem? This one http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=4638
    went to her boss. I'd have a heck of a time trying to top that one...

    But it's on the right track. I need something none of them have ever seen, as unusual as one of those...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Bill, what about a low lidded box.
    I made one for my lovely wife a year ago, she use this lidded box for her cardplay monye. It's also usable for something else.
    Look to the pictures.
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    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails low lidded box.jpg   low lidded box - containing cardplay monye Nel.jpg   low lidded box - view bottom box and inside lid.jpg  

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    What about a toothpick holder?

    The ones I made went over VERY well!
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    Does it have to be a spinny thing or are flat thing allowed.

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    Exotic wood cutting board. Use your scraps! Glues up fast. Looks stunning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    Jeff,

    It's a great idea. Only problem? This one http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=4638
    went to her boss. I'd have a heck of a time trying to top that one...

    But it's on the right track. I need something none of them have ever seen, as unusual as one of those...

    Thanks,

    Bill
    Sorry Bill...how did I miss that in your original post... If she liked the one you gave your boss....could still be an option with a different form.
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    Pen and pencil set or pepper mill?
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    How about a rectangle box with two different woods and maybe splines in the corners. This can be a fairly quick gift and looks really nice. This will also get rid of some of your scraps.

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