Category: Gifts

  • Christmas Projects 2021

    Christmas Projects 2021

    Some of the ideas for this year’s small Christmas projects were inspired by special pieces of wood already in the shop. Other ideas came from woodworking magazines, offhand comments by others, and even a meme from the world of cryptocurrency. Rustic Bud Vases These pieces were made from a dried butternut bowl blank from a […]

  • Kyle’s Coaster Holder

    Kyle’s Coaster Holder

    On a recent visit to Rio Verde, Arizona, Jeff and Debbie took us to the cool town of Cave Creek. The main thoroughfare is lined with unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and even a shop called The Town Dump, a quirky gift shop that, sadly, has closed after 42 years in business. Lucky for us, […]

  • Cherry Box Restoration

    Cherry Box Restoration

    An old cherry box, one of many made by my dad, Bill Mahan, back in the day. Still solid, time had taken it’s toll, warping the box and lid so they no longer lined up or closed. After some jointer and table saw work and quite a bit of sanding, the sides of the box […]

  • Diane’s Seed Box

    Diane’s Seed Box

    A gift for our friend, Diane, this seed box incorporated several small-project techniques that are relatively new to the Marietta Wood Works shop. Resawing stock provided 1/2″ and 1/4″ thick components in keeping with the scale of the overall project. Temporary painter’s tape hinges did a good job keeping components aligned during glue up and […]

  • Katie’s Scrabble Box

    Katie’s Scrabble Box

    The duel challenges of Katie’s Scrabble Box were to create a custom storage box for an existing Scrabble set, and to incorporate some CNC artwork into the project. Using hard maple and birch plywood, I decided to insert a machined maple medallion into the birch top. Taking dimensions from the Scrabble game components, the detailed […]

  • Folding Puppet Stage

    Folding Puppet Stage

    Linda’s great Christmas idea was to put on a puppet show for the youngsters and young-at-heart-sters, then give the hand puppets to them to put on shows of their own. This great idea called for the design and build of a folding puppet stage. This one was done entirely out of scraps of 3/4 birch […]