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Dave Polaschek

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01-06-2018 01:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: swap box

Ladies and Gents (used loosely), It’s time for the next swap, and this time it’s a box swap.

A Note: This swap is in no way officially sponsored by, run by, or otherwise tied to “LumberJocks” as a company or organization, or to any of the parent or sibling holdings thereof. It is simply run by those of us who participate on LumberJocks.

Basic Details
If you have not participated in one of our LumberJocks Shop Made Swaps before, Welcome! It’s relatively simple; each participant makes their swap item(s) and will get a name and address via e-mail a month before the shipping deadline to where they will be mailing their entry. Postage is to be paid by the sender. The LumberJock who you’re shipping to, as well as the one who is shipping to you, will be selected randomly. Unless there are special circumstances – like the need for international shipping – I will not influence who anyone is paired with.

Rules for this swap
- Teaser shots are allowed, but please do not post full in-progress or finished pictures until after the reveal date. Remember we want everyone to be surprised when they receive their package!

- A progress pic (sent to me) will be required NO LATER THAN the due date listed near the end of this post. The progress pic needs to show that you’ve put sufficient time and work into the project to be able to complete it by the ship date. I know things come up so if you don’t have a progress pic by the required date but are confident you’ll still be able to complete your item by the ship date, just e-mail me BEFORE the progress pic due date and we’ll make arrangements. Anyone who doesn’t e-mail me a progress pic or let me know why they haven’t by 11:59 pm EST on the due date will be dropped from the list of participants.

What we’re making
We’re making boxes. Boxes have two sides, an inside and an outside. Your box does not need to be rectangular, but it must be able to contain something. If you make a puzzle box, or locked container which is difficult to open, make sure you include a way for your recipient to open it (i.e. include directions, or the combination, or a key if needed). I’m suggesting that your box fit in a medium size USPS flat rate box, but if you want to go bigger, that’s ok with me. If you go smaller, remember that your recipient will probably want to put something in the box.

Bonus items
Bonus Items are completely optional and are not in any way required or expected. In past swaps, some folks include an extra “goody” along with their swap items. Bonus items do not have to be related to the swap theme, or even woodworking for that matter. Nobody’s expecting anything other than swap items though, so don’t feel any obligation whatsoever to add anything extra. It’s something that has evolved in past swaps so I wanted to address it up front.

How to sign up
Post below letting me know that you are in and then send an e-mail to (lumberjocks2018boxswap at fastmail dot com) containing ALL of the following information:


- LumberJocks Username

- Real Name

- Email address

- Shipping Address, including country

- Let me know if you are not willing to ship internationally (so I can make sure I pair any non-US participants accordingly)
I’ll send a confirmation e-mail and will be keeping a list of confirmed participants below that I will update periodically. If you don’t get a confirmation email and see your name on the list within a day or two of e-mailing me, shoot me another e-mail or PM so I don’t miss anybody.
Progress pictures will also be sent to the above e-mail address no later than the due date given below.
Your recipient’s name and address will be sent to you from the same e-mail address so make sure it’s not caught by your spam filter.

Important dates
In order to participate, you need to adhere to the dates below. Failure to do so will result in you getting dropped from the swap. If you can’t make the progress picture or ship dates, please make sure to notify me immediately so that I can update my incredibly high-tech collection of Post-It Notes.


- Register for swap, please register by: February 14, 2018 (lots of time to figure out if you can handle the work load)

- Progress picture, please send by: March 15, 2018

- Ship date, please ship by: April 15, 2018

- Reveal date: May 1, 2018. No final pics until this date. Let the recipient post a pic or two before the sender posts their “formal” pics and project entry. We may reveal earlier if everyone has received their package before the reveal date.

-Closing date: May 5, 2018. Please post “reveal” photos by this date. Everyone’s anxious to post their projects and for the other participants to see what they made. If your recipient hasn’t posted reveal pics by this date, then it’s open season! Feel free to post your own pics in this thread and go ahead and post your project. (Unless there is a shipping problem – then please wait for your recipient to get it and post a few pics)

Other Stuff:
When you post your projects, use the tag “2018 Box swap” so we can all easily find the projects in one spot.
This is a collaborative learning experience for all of us so make use of this forum thread to share knowledge and ideas as well asking questions and getting advice. These swaps are about the journey more than the destination!
(Thanks to Ripthorn, Mark Kornell, Mosquito, HokieKen, ki7hy, woodworkjosh, and JeffsWildWood – much of the verbiage (including this) was plagiarized from their posts on the previous swaps)

Notice, in order to participate in a swap you must be a member in good standing in the lumberjocks community. The moderator can not be expected to, and will not act as a go between for banned or blocked members.

Who’s in?
  • Dave Polaschek
  • jeffswildwood
  • PoohBaah
  • GR8HUNTER
  • mikeacg
  • doubleG469
  • Dave Smith
  • PoleVault
  • EarlS
  • poospleasures
  • Nick424
  • adot45
  • TomGrin

-- Dave - Minneapolis


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 01-06-2018 01:43 AM

Ah gee Dave. Sorry but I’m gonna sit this one out. I am so busy with real-life stuff that shop time is scarce and coveted. And I just don’t really like making boxes either ;-). I’ll definitely be watching though. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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doubleG469

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 01:48 AM

Kenny I was hoping to get your name for a sweet hackberry box!

-- Gary, Texas "That’s just my $.02 and I have no personal experience so take it with a grain of salt ;-P, HokieKen"

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Rick_M

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#3 posted 01-06-2018 02:51 AM

I’m a maybe. Will let you know soon.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 01-06-2018 01:14 PM

Dave, I’ll have a lot to do getting ready for this summers craft fairs. But making boxes is my favorite project to do so…....I’m in buddy. Looks like I’ll have a long time to work on it so I’ll be OK.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 01-06-2018 01:58 PM

Gotcha, Jeff. I figured I’m pretty busy between now and tax day, but I’ll manage to get a box built, so most people (who don’t have to hand-resaw most of their wood out of pieces of trees) should have plenty of time.

Sorry you don’t get to play along, Kenny. Hope you’ll join in Gary and Rick.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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duckmilk

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#6 posted 01-06-2018 09:55 PM

Saw your carving knife Dave and had this thought.
We have planted some various trees in the last 2 years. Some have died, but most lived. The ones that died in the last year include a pear, an apricot (or plumcot?) and an apple. (I’m not sure this is the proper climate for an apple tree)
They are still standing there, dead, cause I’ve not received my “round-to-it” that I ordered 6 months ago. The trunks are probably between 2 – 3” diameter. I could probably get some good scale wood out of those, or something for handles and such. Hmmmmm

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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jeffswildwood

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#7 posted 01-06-2018 10:19 PM

Ken still might join, right Ken? And Duck!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 01-06-2018 10:49 PM

The trunks are probably between 2 – 3” diameter. I could probably get some good scale wood out of those, or something for handles and such. Hmmmmm

Sure could, Duck. My apple and apricot were both about 16-18” diameter, and died of old age, but even the smaller branches were useful. But because I live in the big city, I had to get rid of everything because it was unsightly. Stashed the trunks at a friend’s house in the burbs, and the smaller stuff went to another buddy’s smoker.

Both are good uses of fruit wood.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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duckmilk

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#9 posted 01-06-2018 11:26 PM



Ken still might join, right Ken? And Duck!

- jeffswildwood

Thinking about it Jeff. Can’t commit at this time.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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HokieKen

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#10 posted 01-06-2018 11:39 PM

Sorry Jeff but I’m out on this one. I’m really backed up with shop stuff, I have some orders for Kiridashis to fill and my son just bought his first house so I’m spending 90% of my free time over there. Plus I have a buddy’s chuck I’m supposed to be fixing the threads on and that’s taking me WAY longer than it should ;-) I’m gonna have to say I’m a firm no on this one as much as I hate to miss a swap. Even if it is boxes ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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jeffswildwood

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#11 posted 01-07-2018 12:20 AM

I’ll help you out Ken. Making boxes are my favorite project to do. I’ll make two, bring you one to send and your in the easy way! :-) Just kidding, that would be cheating. LOL. I actually put the finishing touches on a simple box for my hatchet restoration. I should get pictures tomorrow and post one day this week. The hatchet was tough, odd tang and really rusty. The chuck still giving you a fit, or just time factor. You really sound busy.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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GR8HUNTER

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#12 posted 01-07-2018 01:23 AM

watch for my email Dave ….THANKS :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 01-07-2018 01:28 AM

Got it, Tony. Also got PoohBaah’s. Welcome aboard, boys!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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PoohBaah

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#14 posted 01-07-2018 09:42 AM

I have been looking forward to this swap since I had to it the last one out. I am ready to get back in the workshop since I am finished with school and now have the time.

Thanks again Dave for moderating this group.

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mikeacg

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#15 posted 01-07-2018 12:11 PM

This will be my first swap and I am looking forward to it!
Thanks for the heads up Dave!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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