On the 7th day he rested. So I took a hint.
Now back to the salt mines as it were. As the shop cleanup and remodeling progresses, my brain is spinning into upcoming gifting seasons, with birthdays and Christmas, and what to do for my lovely bride… I keep sitting down with pen and paper, and even the computer and sketchup and the designs I put down, well… I get to a point where I realize I don’t like the way it is coming out…
The questions are what to build, and from what wood?
Last year was a step stool from solid pine and sanded pine ply. She loves it! This year I have been practicing dovetails, and am hoping to be able to put together a nice kind of rustic looking buffet, but I want the top and front to be piano hinged, and an acrylic “window” just behind as a display for her “wedding stuff”. Specifically the bouquet, garter, veil, tiara, ring pillows etc… She REALLY wants something like that, but I am running completely flat on ideas. I come up with stuff that is just, well… Too sophisticated when we are aiming for a more rustic feel.
I know that one of the features I want to incorporate into the piece is an antique brass finish “Texas Star”, which is a rough copy of the state of Texas logo, in antique brass relief. The star is 6” in diameter, and I figure I would somehow integrate it into the door / front panel.
And when I say rustic, I don’t mean garage sale throwaway junk.. I mean along the lines of Mexican Rustic Pine furniture. Or maybe what I have heard Nahm call “Cowboy Furniture”.
What can I say, we like stuff that when a nick finds its way in it, it’s not damage, it’s character!
So I keep hacking away at the ideas, and nothing good is coming out of my head yet…
I have a nice clockworks set, clock face etc… from Lee Valley, but currently only properly dried pine in the shop. (I have some black walnut and oak that is stickered in the attic but a ways away from being useful). I am considering a trip to Huntsville Texas to M&G Sawmill to pick up some kiln dried hardwood.
This is sounding lazy, but I keep thinking a clock… But too lazy. Unless…. Nah. She’d hate the clock integrated into the buffet…
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