Warning: The letter W makes a lot of appearances in this post. If, for some reason you don’t like Ws, then just move along.
I knew I wanted to add something decorative to the tool chest and my first thoughts were either a logo of some sort or a fancy word in ancient Greek or Latin (I’m a nerd like that). Since I don’t have a logo yet, I ruled that option out. I came up with a couple of Greek or Latin words that I thought might be neat, but decided that would be too much effort. Instead I settled for a W, which could stand for my last initial, or wood(working), or Wunderbar, or who knows?
So, once I found a W that I liked, I enlarged it in Illustrator, made it an outline, then printed it. I attached the paper W to the lid with a little spray adhesive and then traced it with my marking knife. Here’s the indention with the knife:
Then I took a chisel and scraped off the layer of paint that fell in between the lines:
And we’re done:
I knew I wanted to paint it, and so I painted it orange. A couple of issues, since my chiseling wasn’t consistent, the painted W looked like crap. Plus I didn’t like the shade of orange that I used. I didn’t even like it enough to snap a photo of it.
I decided to go back and relieve more of the W with my chisel in a consistent fashion. I was aiming for it to resemble the type of carving you’d find in an old woodcut. I never carve, but I think I achieved what I was going for.
So, I painted that a darker shade of orange:
And here’s the complete tool chest with the W:
The only downside is if I have my lid open and someone approaches from the backside of the tool chest, they might think it’s an M.
I know I like the W, but I’m not sure if I’m in love with it. Maybe it will get better with age, who knows?
-- "hold fast to that which is good"