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DIY Gifts
« on: December 24, 2013, 11:47:45 AM »
My dad and step-mom are the kind of people that have everything and want for nothing, so I figured I should probably do something with low monetary cost but high value. A few years ago they gave me a rifle that they had carved... I figured I'd return the favor by making them knives. This is my dads - my step moms matches but will be maple instead of walnut and dyed to match her new Mustang (Dark blue, black low lights)

Anyone else making their gifts this year?

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2013, 12:35:05 PM »
That looks awesome !  Nice job.  What do you use for blade material ?
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2013, 12:41:56 PM »
Thanks, but unfortunately I don't have the tools yet to cut and shape the blade, so I use pre-cut blades. I just do the finish work and scales. This one is 440A Stainless. I prefer Carbon for my personal knives but these took an edge really well and will require less care for the recipient. I had originally planned on doing a light patina etch on the one in the photo but decided to go simple for this one.

Scales are Curly walnut, brass rod pins, brass guard, sanded to 320 and tung oil finished. The Maple/blue handle will be dyed with Rit dye and finished with wipe on poly. Its for a woman, so I want to make it a little "prettier" and fancier. It'll also receive a lot more shaping on the handle. My dad has huge hands so I left this handle a bit more chunky.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2013, 02:28:36 PM »
That knife looks awesome man, great job.


Not exactly home-made but I'm working on a few plastic models for my parents.  My Dad is getting a '63 Corvette GrandSport Coupe painted Millano Maroon to match his actual '65 Vette.  It has more detail parts on it than any car model I've ever built.  Photo-etched metal for emblems, switches, hood pins, gas cap, and hood vents.  Also, a LOT of shit had to be done to make most of the parts even fit together properly.  I probably have more than 30 hours in it.  My mother is a huge trekkie so I got her a model of the USS Voyager which I'm painting and assembling.  The Voyager should take me longer than the vette (being like 6 times the size), but scifi models are easier to detail since there's no 'real' counterpart.

Other than that, Homemade Ninajbread men are being given out to family members this year.

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2013, 03:08:59 PM »
That knife looks awesome man, great job.


Not exactly home-made but I'm working on a few plastic models for my parents.  My Dad is getting a '63 Corvette GrandSport Coupe painted Millano Maroon to match his actual '65 Vette.  It has more detail parts on it than any car model I've ever built.  Photo-etched metal for emblems, switches, hood pins, gas cap, and hood vents.  Also, a LOT of shit had to be done to make most of the parts even fit together properly.  I probably have more than 30 hours in it.  My mother is a huge trekkie so I got her a model of the USS Voyager which I'm painting and assembling.  The Voyager should take me longer than the vette (being like 6 times the size), but scifi models are easier to detail since there's no 'real' counterpart.

Other than that, Homemade Ninajbread men are being given out to family members this year.

Those models are as homemade/DIY as these knives are. Probably more difficult and took you longer too. Great idea :mrgreen:
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2013, 04:12:05 PM »
Those models are as homemade/DIY as these knives are. Probably more difficult and took you longer too. Great idea :mrgreen:

Over the next few years I want to try to hit most of my close family members with either a model of 'their' car or a car they always wanted.  We'll see if I can maintain that ambition. 

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2013, 04:25:32 PM »
I think that's a great idea. I haven't done any models in years but I'm thinking about starting up again. Where can you find them (other than online?)

Edit: finished the maple knife. Couldn't get the dye quite right on my scraps and didn't want to risk it since Christmas is tomorrow. It is a pretty charismatic piece of maple anyway.

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2013, 08:34:32 PM »
both look great man  :mrgreen:
but the figuring in that walnut  :-o nice
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2013, 08:45:10 PM »
both look great man  :mrgreen:
but the figuring in that walnut  :-o nice

Thanks! I figured you might appreciate this since I know you've toyed around with rescaling. I had so much fun doing this I'm pretty sure I'll slowly replace all of my kitchen knives with knives I've finished out from blanks. I'd like to eventually get into blade smithing, but a dremel and some sandpaper is cheaper right now than all the stuff I'd need for even stock removal let alone forging.

What about you? You're a DIY guy, anything this year?
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2013, 09:03:50 PM »
I've been making puzzle boxes on the bandsaw.  Everything gets cut from one piece of wood, then fitted back together.  Some parts are shaped like puzzle parts, and have to fit just so to come apart.  Here's one of the more involved ones, I got some mahogany scraps from a friend that are really nice.

I just use a danish oil for a finish, it looks nice and deep. (not that the picture shows it)
Someday I'll get fancy and find some flocking for inside.  For now, I've been cutting felt and gluing that in.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2013, 09:07:37 PM »
Love boxmaking and puzzleboxes sure look fun to make. Very nicely done!
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2013, 09:21:36 PM »
Thanks! I figured you might appreciate this since I know you've toyed around with rescaling. I had so much fun doing this I'm pretty sure I'll slowly replace all of my kitchen knives with knives I've finished out from blanks. I'd like to eventually get into blade smithing, but a dremel and some sandpaper is cheaper right now than all the stuff I'd need for even stock removal let alone forging.

What about you? You're a DIY guy, anything this year?

yeah, so many times I've eyed kitchen knife blank sets and wished I could make my own set with them.  I do love wood, but I've still got a lot to learn
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Unfortunately, I didn't get around to making anything this year.  I had plans for a couple end grain cutting boards, I even have the wood here, hard maple and some purpleheart.....but I'm having some issues with the blade wandering on my cheap Skil bandsaw  :tickedoff:
Also, I totally ran out of time  :roll:
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2013, 10:56:23 PM »
I've had a harbor freight 1x30 bench top belt sander with the 6" disk in my cart for a while now... even though its something like $60, I can't pull the trigger. The dremel worked really well and I would've needed to use it on the finger side of the handle anyway to get the detail so I can't justify the bigger stuff. A nice, big 2hp belt sander with contour wheels and all would be nice, but expensive.

EDIT: As far as the turning tools, if they're anything like fine chisels, get something good and they'll last and wont frustrate you. I got my chisels from Lie-Nielsen and, while I pretty much had to sell a kidney, it was worth it. They've never needed a true sharpening, just a touch up here and there, and have provided me nearly a decade of good service. I've also gotten a few things from traditional woodworker and this HSS set seems pretty good for the price

http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/Sets-of-5-Basic-Turning-Tools-by-Henry-Taylor-HSS/productinfo/227-HSDM/
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2013, 01:28:07 AM »
I don't want to keep totally hijacking this thread, but.......I have that sander.  I don't have anything to really compare it to, but it does the job.  Though the 6" disk sander moves a little when you push on it
And yes, they're like chisels.  I spent over an hour sharpening this set when I got it....5 minutes later, the one I used was so dull it was scraping instead of cutting  :roll:  Just horribly soft steel

I just didn't want to invest a bundle before deciding if I like it


no, wait, i lied.  I have the 4x36
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2013, 10:52:56 PM »
I made a belt for Seth.



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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2013, 11:19:05 PM »
geeez...what did that take, like 250 feet od cord? lol
cool though, I like it  :mrgreen:
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2013, 07:45:14 AM »
That's a great belt! Must have taken a lot of cord and a lot of worn down fingers. Nice!
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #17 on: December 26, 2013, 05:01:29 PM »
Eric, they both came out great.  There's a Hobbytown USA in Colonie/Albany in the same plaza as Kohls.  That's where I picked up the Corvette GS kit.  They have a few hundred car kits over there, and some of the more obscure scifi stuff (like gundam kits).  Micheals craft stores carry some kits too, but they lean a lot more towards snap-fit.  Online, Amazon is the place to go, for the most part, though there are a few Japanese vendors I've ordered older subaru kits from in the past.

Atta, that belt looks awesome!  You must have a ton of patience.

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« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2013, 09:44:46 PM »
Ha yeah actually you use two, 100 ft cord pieces. You don't end up using it all but depending on how tight you do the weaving/knots the amount varies. As for patience, I had nothing else to do after my surgery, now I'm back at work and I hardly have time for anything!  :|

Seth is big into woodworking. Actually every Friday we watch the " wood working for mere mortals" on YouTube.  He's got some neat projects in there.  Seth has made me some furniture but I'm really looking forward to him making this wine hutch that I designed  :-D. The wine fridge we have is so deep that it always looks wrong where ever you put it, so I designed a hutch for the dining room that it fits into. Still waiting on that lol

As for model cars and such, Seth got an O-scale train for Christmas and I thought it would be neat to get an empty car and put a model of the Mazda and the XT in it.  I had no idea they transported cars by train, but obviously it make sense....  :uglystupid2:  But last week was the first time I ever saw a car carrying train out by us.  Would be kinda neat to be able to do that with our cars.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2013, 08:50:17 AM »
As for model cars and such, Seth got an O-scale train for Christmas and I thought it would be neat to get an empty car and put a model of the Mazda and the XT in it.  I had no idea they transported cars by train, but obviously it make sense....  :uglystupid2:  But last week was the first time I ever saw a car carrying train out by us.  Would be kinda neat to be able to do that with our cars.

The model train hobby takes a level of patience I've yet to master.  The local Chevy Club I webmaster for has a guy that is huge into trains--he did some of the setup for a few scale trains still at the NYS museum in Albany.  It's always cool to see 'your' cars on stuff.  My GF made me a figure-8 rallycake for my birthday with an STI, Mazda2, E30, and 911 on it.  Zeedeveel's groom's cake had 2 sti's rallying on it too.   :mrgreen:

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2014, 08:26:55 PM »
I haven't seen one, but does anyone make a model of a Subaru wagon ?  I love the Tamiya (?) WRC car models.  Also, I don't think I've ever seen a Japanese car go by on the train, but I'm with you, I would put the WRC models on the train for fun.
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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2014, 09:03:56 PM »
The model train hobby takes a level of patience I've yet to master.  The local Chevy Club I webmaster for has a guy that is huge into trains--he did some of the setup for a few scale trains still at the NYS museum in Albany.  It's always cool to see 'your' cars on stuff.  My GF made me a figure-8 rallycake for my birthday with an STI, Mazda2, E30, and 911 on it.  Zeedeveel's groom's cake had 2 sti's rallying on it too.   :mrgreen:

Oh nice!!! Yeah I actually got a train of my own now as well. It's from the 50's an American Flyer set. Was my dad's but when my parents got divorced he never took it.  Have to bring it to a train shop to get it fixed up since the engine wouldn't turn over and I don't know what I'm doing with it, so I don't want to break it.  I guess it's "S" scale, so it's in between O scale and HO scale.

As for the cake, awesome!! I am crafty and I have tried making "a fancy cake" and well, at least it tasted good! Lol good for her!

I've looked in hobby lobby and a few other local stores here and I haven't found something that I could convert to a Fozzie.... Might have to make it or look online.  I'd have to make it for the O scale train though, the S scale would just be too small. 
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2014, 11:54:05 PM »
The model train hobby takes a level of patience I've yet to master.  The local Chevy Club I webmaster for has a guy that is huge into trains--he did some of the setup for a few scale trains still at the NYS museum in Albany.  It's always cool to see 'your' cars on stuff.  My GF made me a figure-8 rallycake for my birthday with an STI, Mazda2, E30, and 911 on it.  Zeedeveel's groom's cake had 2 sti's rallying on it too.   :mrgreen:

it sure did. I'll try to find a picture of it.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2014, 08:42:54 AM »
I haven't seen one, but does anyone make a model of a Subaru wagon ?  I love the Tamiya (?) WRC car models.  Also, I don't think I've ever seen a Japanese car go by on the train, but I'm with you, I would put the WRC models on the train for fun.

Currently, a couple of japanese companies make GR-generation STI hatch models.  To the best of my knowledge, there's nothing else currently made.  Amazon may have older kits (like the 2 second gen legacies and wrx wagon that I have).

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« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2014, 03:52:07 PM »
Those are awesome gifts!
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