Small wood-work project for a present?

Hi,
I have failed to brain-storm!
I need a small wood-work project to make some thank-you presents for friends/family, and can't think of a thing.
If you brain-stormed or just found a neat, small project or plan months ago for Xmas, would appreciate it very much if you could share.
Thx, P
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Puddin' Man wrote:

Go to Lumberjocks.com and click on "Projects". At this moment they have 40,998 projects. Fortunately for you, they are organized by category. You should be able to find something interesting.
Bill
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I want to tell you that was the worst suggestion ever made to me!
I've been glued to Lumberjocks now since this post and can't go more than a day without seeing what's new. I've already been thru all the previously posted projects and posted one of my own.
Damn you for giving me another wood drug! LOL! Just kidding of course, but I really am hooked on Lumberjocks. Thanks for the great link!
`Casper
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On 2/17/2011 11:35 AM, Casper wrote:

I'm glad you enjoyed the site. I check out the "new projects" regularly too. They are approaching 25,000 registered members. The guess I made a year ago that they would reach that number in 2010 was a little off.
Regards, Bill (in IN)
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brain-storm!

There are some bookends at http://tinyurl.com/35zxhxp that might be Ok for next Xmas.
Jeff
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Simple boxes, trivets where you route a waffle patter on each side, photo frames, candle holder, wall sconces.
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On Mon, 03 Jan 2011 22:52:43 -0600, Puddin' Man

Rocking beach chairs.
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I had some offcuts from an octagonal post catch my sister's attention. They're extremely simple to make and with a little imagination could be used for many purposes. A thin one (about 3/16-1/4") could be a domino or a coaster, while a thicker one could easily be a candle holder.
Puckdropper
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In the past, I have worked with logs and other pieces direct from the tree. Scrap pieces of sliced logs, 2" to 3" thick of various diameters, have been used to make plant stands, by simply drilling appropriate holes (3 for the tripod effect) and inserting limbs for legs.... Extra work involved in sanding to a smooth finish. For some interior decor pieces, I've applied a poly finish. A slab can be equiped with casters, also, for maneuvering heavier potted plants (patio pieces), conveniently. Slices/slabs that haven't checked are, of course, most desireable, as is pieces that have convoluted (natural) edges. Pieces as these, there are no two alike. http://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/5323317669 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/5323301973 /
I have used scrap lumber for cutting out shapes of fish that are used to make sides of "wheel barrows", for flower garden accent pieces. In some cases, I've made the wheels, also, if I didn't have a wheel handy, otherwise. http://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/4035599550 /
Any nice looking piece of thick board/plank, with a touch of sanding, can have (angled) legs applied for a quaint small bench, stool, i.e., stand/prop, for displaying a small home decor item. http://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/5323311929 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/4035435438 /
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This year I made some magnetic wooden knife holders, the type that screw to the wall, for some of the smaller gifts. Rip some strips of whatever you have laying around, route a recess in the face deep enough to hold the magnets, and just wide enough so they stay put when you press them into place, then glue on a thin strip to cover the magic - how thin is dependent on the strength and spacing of the magnets. Round over the edges, drill a hole at either end for attaching it to the wall, apply a mineral oil finish and you're done. They're quick and well-received.
K&J Magnetics has good prices and a nifty field strength calculator.
R
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Puddin' Man <Pudding Dot Man At Gmail Dot Com> wrote:

I don't have a specific project to offer, but in this category it's pretty hard to beat some of the plans in John Nelson's books. He wrote quite a few over the years, if you can find one at your local library or perhaps some plans online you are sure to find something suitable.
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On Tue, 04 Jan 2011 16:05:42 -0600, godsword wrote:

You (the OP) have gotten a number of good suggestions. Herewith two more (may or may not be good).
If you have a lathe, a ring holder or a small bowl for change/keys/ earrings.
Or even simpler, a spaghetti measurer:
http://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-projects/spaghetti-measuring-tool - plan.html
Done in really nice wood, or multi-colored woods, with a non-toxic shellac finish. It makes a nicer present than you might think.
Note: Downsize the hole diameters by 10% or so if the recipients are seniors and increase by 10% if for a family with teenagers. DAMHIKT :-).
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Others have made many suggestions. The past couple years I've made Christmas ornaments, some scrolled from 1/8" Baltic ply, others free- hand turned on the lathe. Turned ones are from some pieces of Beech I had, most around 1 1/2"D by 1 2/2 to 2" long, hung with the smallest screweyes I could find. Everyone seems to like them. SWMBO & me also made some pine cone Christmas trees from 4-6" Ponderosa cones, painted, then tips painted white & silver sprinkled while wet, and small beads hot glued on as ornaments.
Good luck.
Norm
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Many thanks for numerous good responses.
I've got several candidates and am still leafing thru John Nelson's books. Ought to nail down 2-3 choices this week.
This is easily one of the friendliest and most helpful forums I've found on the net.
Salut, P

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