|Project by jmartel||posted 09-18-2014 01:37 AM||2720 views||1 time favorited||24 comments|
A good friend of mine is getting married this weekend, so I decided to build him a wedding present. The only requirements that he gave me was that it should be a medium colored wood, and that it be either Craftsman style or Rustic. I gave him a few selections for wood, and he ended up settling on Alder. Coincidentally, I found someone on craigslist selling some that same day for only $1.50/bdft so it worked out well.
After some deliberation, I decided to make him and his soon to be wife the traditional wedding gift of a blanket/hope chest. I was going to create my own design until I came across Wood Magazine’s from Feb/March 2005.
I ended up deciding to try incorporating butterfly inlays into the design as well, since I haven’t used them before. I used African Blackwood for the inlay, and a more decorative butterfly shape that I had come across a few years ago. Additionally, I filled in the cracks with epoxy to be sure.
Finish is Arm-R-Seal followed up with paste wax that was rubbed in with #0000 steel wool.
Last picture shows my cats exploring it after it was finally finished since they have to get into everything.
-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.