Poll: Beating the Holiday Shipping Deadlines

So you spent all this time making beautiful and functional gifts for the holidays. I am sure some recipients are local but what about the ones that aren’t? Are you going to get to the post office in time?

I have to admit, I didn’t make anything for anyone this year. So, yes, I’ll be on time this year. haha!

This poll was created by Tom Iovino of TomsWorkbench.com.

Category: Poll of the Week


  1. All delivered by hand this year thankfully. Though they will be unwrapped since wrapping paper has a nasty habit of sticking to slightly tacky finish


      Haha I can see you out there at midnight with a blow drier, “Dry dangit, DRY!”

    • MolokMot December 19, 2012


      Last year I made some cutting boards and used Marc’s finishing method. You could acctually still smell the finish through the wrapping paper. We had a terrible time driving all the way to my parents house with the fumes!

      This year I am making boxes and finishing with Shellac! Hopefully I can get the first coat on tonight!

  2. Jerry S December 17, 2012

    A couple of years ago I built a play kitchen for the kids and of course, “Mr and Mrs Claus” were in the basement after midnight putting the last coat of Shelac on it. Mrs. Claus told me she would never be doing that again.

    The kids love it, and continue to play with it today. I’m pretty proud of that one.

    (I may try to participate in the family “Greedy Santa” this year. Item has to be homemade, handmade, or locally made. ($5-10) I’m thinking of a simple wooden puzzle. (think 27 square pieces glued together in 5 different arangements…the puzzle is to make it into a 3x3x3 cube…if that makes any sense.) Any other ideas?

    Jerry S

  3. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that. In fact, I did it this weekend. My wife and I had dinner with some close friends and so (that afternoon) I decided to make them a tiny Christmas Tree on the scroll saw. No problem, right? Ah, yes – good idea to leave time for the finish to dry. I used Danish Oil and I ended up giving it to them wrapped in paper with the advice “Don’t touch your clothes after handling it. It will be completely dry in a few days, I promise.”

  4. Jamie December 17, 2012

    I was on track to getting everything loaded onto the sleigh on time. Unfortunately one of the elves neglected to tell me the brushes on my table saw were on the verge of loosing all their christmas spirit. Maybe I’ll get everything done in time next year.

  5. Randy December 17, 2012

    I am still behind…my real job is getting in the way.

  6. Kevin December 17, 2012

    I make jewelry boxes for a living and do at least 1/3 of my annual business from Nov-Dec. This is always an oh so fun time of year. Been working 14 hrs a day 7 days a week since Thanksgiving. Right now there are 9 boxes waiting for the UPS guy, and the weather was awful today so he’s not having a fun day. I have one left to go out tomorrow. The big funky one that has been up on a shelf for about four years waiting for the right person to come along. And I had to pay over $100 for 10 cardboard boxes big enough for it, because when flat they are too big to go UPS so they came freight. Doh! But now I guess I have an excuse to make 9 more big funky boxes that will probably sit on shelves for years too. But I never ever miss a deadline. Except that one time with the rosewood and the oil finish. I don’t do anything through the post office this time of year, unless it’s international.

    The only problem is now that I have everyone else’s gifts out for them I get to START doing my own gifts. The good part is that even though I really need a break from the shop right about now it’s a totally different feeling being in there making cool things for my nieces and nephew and I don’t mind at all having another week of too much work in not enough time. Wouldn’t mind if it were a bit warmer in there though…

  7. Alex December 17, 2012

    I built a small box for a gift card which still needs some finish but that’ll get done this week and I’m also building something for my brother but probably won’t be finished until Feb-March timeframe… Both will be delivered by hand so I guess I won’t be late on that front!

  8. Bryan December 17, 2012

    working on a walnut bench might have it done Christmas day

    Thanks for the awesome sweat shirt and DVD from the drawing , I already got walnut dust allover the sweat shirt. Merry Christmas Everyone.

  9. Carlo December 17, 2012

    Had lots of ideas but life got in the way. No presents this year :(

  10. Just finished an oak iPad stand for my Dad. Will hand deliver it. Now only 4 more projects to go.

  11. Chuck Timber December 18, 2012

    Late for Christmas this year or well planned and finished 8 months ahead of schedule next year…???? Little nieces and nephews know no difference. I made necklace and bracelets for oldest niece that hopefully are “cured”. Happy Holidays Everyone. Do something good for a stranger. Certainly makes me feel good

  12. Imdanuts December 18, 2012

    I’ve got a mini table and chair to build for a 1-1/2 year old. I haven’t even dug the wood out of the miscellaneous wood pile yet.
    I’ll say one thing, the design has been simplified about 5 times since telling the wife” yeah, I can build him one. No problem.”
    I think the current design is a piece of ply with 2×4 legs screwed through the top and a milk crate chair. Maybe I’ll throw a few jars of paint in a box and give it as a art project gift.

  13. TennesseeYankee December 20, 2012

    Deadlines are for suckers.

    I must be a tootsie roll pop.

  14. Jarrid December 20, 2012

    I’ve been shipping ornaments and other Christmas gifts that clients ordered since November and shipped the last ones two days ago.. Time for this woodworker to RELAX!

  15. got everything ordered way ahead of time!

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