It all started out innocently enough. I had intended to make my youngest grandson a book shelf for Christmas, but after talking to his Mommy and Daddy, it was obvious that a toy box was needed more. “Toys everywhere” my daughter-in-law lamented; “A toy box would be very much appreciated”. So, a toy box it was. I asked her if she and my son could get back to me with the desired dimensions so I could get started. I already had a design in mind; an easy-peasey 1/2” plywood box with a 1/4” lid sporting holes to allow little fingers to open it and offer fresh air for when they use the box as their secret hide-and-seek place. Foolish me! By the time my Son got back to me, that simple, quick and easy design was cast aside and “a piece of furniture that would grow up with him”, much more complicated piece was being envisioned.
Now, I’m not one to shy away from a challenge. But with no longer having a jointer, planer nor table saw in my shop, I’ve been shying away from technical pieces and especially those with large, solid wood panels. As I stated to my Son, “Santa’s old elf is going to need a lot of time to put this thing together”, and so as I sit here, waiting for the critical dimension info – you know, the question that kicked all of this off(!), I’ve begun to ruminate over the design details in my mind. Campaign Chest. Hmmm. I think there’s possibilities for this, isn’t there? Guess I’d better start digging through my cut-offs pile to see what may be lurking there. I recall seeing plenty of butternut in there, but am not sure it’s tough enough to survive a rambunctious 2-year old. Perhaps there’ll be more patina on this piece, early on. Yeah, that’s what it’ll be.