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mikep379
10-31-2009, 11:26 AM
I was wondering if anyone had some good ideas/pictures for some quick easy projects to machine for Christmas gifts. Thanks

toolmaker76
10-31-2009, 11:36 AM
I had always thought of doing a chess set, one set of pieces being aluminum or stainless and the other set brass or ampco. You could make a wood or a metal chess board.

One thing I did for my wife a few years ago (when I was working in a factory) was to make a brass bell on the lathe, and then I made a stainless steel handle for it (although it could have been wood). I tapped the end of the handle, inserted an eye, and used a lead fishing weight for the clapper. I then had something romantic engraved on the brass and she loved it!

I have also been working on some simple wooden clocks- you can get the guts at Woodcraft, they go into a 2 3/8" diameter opening. Your imagination is the limit as to what you put them into. The base could even be aluminum instead of wood (much of the stuff I do craft wise is determined by the scraps I have at hand).

How's that for ideas?

j king
10-31-2009, 03:18 PM
A post card. Draw your own.

dockrat
10-31-2009, 03:50 PM
An oil candle always goes over big with the ladies. I make these out of bits and pieces out of the off-cut bin:

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh67/Dockrat1/IMGP1326Medium.jpg

Tim Clarke
10-31-2009, 10:13 PM
Me like. All women on my christmas list, 'cept Pappy-in Law. A couple boxes of ammo and a jug will make him happy.

So, these oil candles are way cool. Any more info? Links, drawing, etc?

Thanks, TC

dp
10-31-2009, 11:29 PM
Here's a project Evan did a while back and donated to a charitable auction I host for a friend. It sold for $275 and that buyer donated it back to the auction, so it stands to make a very nice super-sized contribution to Eddie's physical therapy.

http://eddiekieger.com/cgi-bin/ek3auction.cgi?Jewelry&1257906871

dockrat
10-31-2009, 11:53 PM
Me like. All women on my christmas list, 'cept Pappy-in Law. A couple boxes of ammo and a jug will make him happy.

So, these oil candles are way cool. Any more info? Links, drawing, etc?

Thanks, TC

Tim I posted a thread way back in early 08 that sorta kinda shows how this was made. If you want any more details drop me a PM. I could do a step by step with pics of most steps.

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=28714