How to make Six Easy DIY Gift Projects – Woodshop Edition

How to make Six Easy DIY Gift Projects – Woodshop Edition

Do-it-yourself gifts that are cheap & easy! Lots of great DIY ideas to inspire you including handmade 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.
Alright thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!



KarolinasKrafts says:

Loved your video! <3


Arthur Garcia says:

I like using strong neodymium magnets to keep my diy wooden boxes closed. depending on the shape I'll get creative on where I put the magnets but regular four corner boxes I'll have the magnets at each end.
i make holes usually circular if that's the magnets shape , make the hole deep enough to sit the magnet but not too deep so that it sits under the wood.
I'll do the same four the opposite end being the lid , door, wtv. make sure to have the mgnets positive going towards negative.
I'll use a real strong adhesive to glue the magnet onto the box. sometimes the magnet will get pulled out from one side if the adhesive wasn't stroganoff enough.
ways I solved this problem was that I just used magnets on one side then the say the lid I get a washer and grind out the center a bit so that a nail sits flush and nail it so it anchors the magnets.
I've also used magnets with holes, like washer, the hole i use to have something anchor it.
kinda time consuming but I like not having the latches visible plus people usually like and think I'm smart for a few seconds having made it myself, I can be crafty thanks to my adhd I guess haha

tempest091 says:

Pro-ject =)

Gary Mercer says:

Good stuff, old man! Your subs are growing!

Repairs101 says:

ZhekaTrololo – Excellent question – I don't understand why but some comments can't be replied to directly, as with your question about toxicity of Carpenters Glue. Something to do with the YouTube / Google+ snafu I suspect. I'll post this and PM it to you.  Here's what I found:
Lepage website (  )  says "Non-toxic: Safe to use for all age groups"
I always assumed it to be non-toxic however the MSDS ( ) indicated boric acid present. (0.1 – 1 %)

ZhekaTrololo says:

is that glue safe for using in contact with food?

Grant Stewart says:

do you have a list of your tools?

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