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    During a recent ice storm power outage, my wife lit a big fatty candle on the kitchen table. The candle split in half and the napkin holder was very close by, the napkins caught on fire and melted the plastic holder they were in...so we needed a new one. The old plastic style was slot style, where the napkins stand on end, but my wife wanted one where they lay flat. When the holder is full on end, you pull out a napkin and several more come out as well. I came up with this grape fretwork pattern and stack cut it times 4 from 1/4 inch hickory and faceglued to 1/4 inch walnut, then made the sides the same way with a curved cutout to make it easier to pull napkins out...and of course made a home for salt and pepper as well. The box is also dovetailed with my new Leigh Jig. It turned out really well, although I glued the pattern on upside down by not paying attention/thinking ahead properly. I left extra space at the top instead of the bottom where the box fits in a dado...ooops. I built two of these at the same time, all in a single day with a single #9 skip tooth...yeah, I fretted with a #9 !
    It's a great project idea, but probably not a good money maker for craft show people. Two in a day is too slow for big profit, but you could make stand up napkin holders with fret designs and probably knock out 8 or 12 in a single day. I'll be giving my extra one to my mother for her birthday.
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    Jeff Powell

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    Very nice Jeff
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    • #3
      VERY nice Jeff! I really like the 2-tone appearance.
      Kevin
      Scrollsaw Patterns Online
      Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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      • #4
        Looks great

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        • #5
          Jeff, you are so darned ingenious. I suppose driving truck gives you plenty of time to think and come up with neat ideas like this. It looks great.
          Mike

          Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
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          • #6
            Maybe Jeff spends too much time in truck stops looking at napkin holders? LOL I'm worried 'bout'cha Jeff!!! Just kidding! Fanstastic cutting ... all the details, joints, layers. Really well done!!!

            Andy
            Shoot for the moon. If you miss you'll be headed for a star! www.80artdesigns.com

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            • #7
              You've just got to love a guy who uses a #9 flat blade for fretwork!!!!!

              Great design, execution, and finish Jeff. Keep this up and that magazine "cover" you posted last month will be a reality.
              ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

              D. Platt

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              • #8
                Very nice Jeff, the two-tone effect makes it extra special.
                kevin/pitbull.

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                • #9
                  Nice Jeff, if the fire had burnt up the table you could have made one to match the napkin holder. ( glad it didn't )

                  Bob
                  Delta P-20 & Q-3

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                  • #10
                    Very nice. I like the two tone look.
                    Kelly
                    "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney

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                    • #11
                      Tight dovetails Jeff,

                      That Leigh Jig seems to do the job well!

                      Congrats on a nice idea,
                      Marcel
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                      • #12
                        All I can say is WOW!!!!!
                        Scott
                        Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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                        • #13
                          I like your ideas. For me, the two tone in the dovetails really make it pop.

                          EarlinJax

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                          • #14
                            V-E-R-Y NICE!! Did you do the dovetails with a trim router and the jig?
                            Last edited by Pop; 01-19-2007, 09:03 PM.
                            Pop
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                            • #15
                              Now that is quality craftsmanship!!! Great job Jeff. Steve
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