Ideas for a Quick Wedding Gift
The traditional season for weddings
is fast approaching -- and, for woodworkers, that means crafting some
wedding gifts from wood. Granted, you'll usually have more notice
than the poster who began this thread searching for suggestions, but
it brings up the question: what are some additional ideas you rely on
for quick gifts from the woodshop? - Editor
wife's niece decided to get married in two weeks. They have been
engaged for forever, but they've never told anyone their plans
(included the mother and father of the bride). So: I have a week to
make something reasonable. I'll still make them the dresser that I've
promised them, but I want something to take to the wedding." -
few suggestions from the posters on the forum. - Editor
a holder for their wedding candle." - A.Z.
they like coffee, turn a box to hold coffee filters. Flat-bottom
filters take a 5 x 3 interior diamter box. Cone filters take an 8 x 2
interior diameter box. I fill the box with filters and get a package
of premium coffee to complete the gift. Never fails to please."
- John V.
grain cutting board. Even a flat grain board is usually
well-received. An end grain board is always special and something
they will use for a very long time.
Its also something that can be
put together fairly quickly, seeing as time is short.
to sign and date it in permanent laundry marker." - Paul
holder [or] a paper towel holder has been a popular gift." -
picture frame or hall mirror could be quick and easy and always
appreciated. Maybe for their marriage license or wedding photos."
and/or pepper mill. I've turned a couple of these in different sizes.
It's an eminently practical item for everyday use, and a very
permanent gift. We've used ours for a dozen years or more. I made
ours from laminations of birch and cherry, and another pair from
walnut and butternut." - George
Polishing the Brass from
Woodworkers spend a lot of time
trying to get the finish right as they apply stain to their woods --
but it can be just as important to clean and maintain the hardware on
a piece. How do you do that? This discussion looks at the options for
brass hardware. First, the question. - Editor
got some brass hardware I want to remove the tarnish from and coat
with something to prevent, or at least slow up, retarnishing. This
would be on an exterior door.
I plan on buffing with buffing
compound first, and am wondering about leaving a residue, what to
clean that off with, and what is the best product to spray on."
- James R.
who responded to this thread had suggestions for quite a few
products. - Editor
"Nevr-Dull® Wadding. It leaves behind an itty bit of oil to protect until the
next time. No further coating needed. Just rub on it every other
month or so. Easy. I think a coating scratches or gets icky after
time. Then ya' gotta strip it off. BLAH!" - Steve M.
with Brasso® or other high quality polish, clean with naptha or
acetone, spray with clear lacquer, and put in a vacuum chamber to dry
and remove air bubbles. Or send it out and have it done!" -
restored several of my exterior doorknobs and finished them with
Staybrite. I cleaned what lacquer was left on them with lacquer
thinner and elbow grease. I polished with a metal polish. Cleaned
them up real good and sprayed them with Staybrite. They have held up
very well for several years. I think the Staybrite is better than the
factory finish (these are low grade hardware)." Tony
might consider Everbrite® for
exterior brass. I've not personally used it, but have known
metalsmiths who put it on sculpture. Jewelers who work in base metals
often use ProtectaClear™, from the same company, as a skin-safe
anti-tarnish coating, although many prefer Renaissance Wax." -
there were also some suggestions for cleaning with regular shop or
household supplies. - Editor
are several ways to clean the polished brass. You can use strong soap
and water. However, it gets tricky drying the parts without touching
them, which would leave some body oils on them. The easiest way to
clean is lacquer thinner and paper towels. You may need a second or
third cleaning until the towels show no buffing compound residue.
Then, still holding the piece with the clean piece of paper towel,
slip a handling wire through one of the holes in the piece. I use a
piece of a metal hanger that things from the laundry come on. Now you
have a way of holding and moving it without touching it. Spray a coat
or two of clear lacquer, and you're all set." -Ralph L.
old white vinegar. It
works for me." - George
a jug of white vinegar, another thing I keep in my shop is a bottle
of concentrated lemon juice. Both are excellent at cleaning tarnish
from old brass. I've had occasions where a bit of a soak was in order
before cleaning was effective. I also use the vinegar when I need to
disassemble an old joint glued with hide glue. I heat a cup of
vinegar in the microwave and brush the hot liquid over the joint
until it softens the glue. Water works, too, but I have had better
results with the vinegar." - David Y.