|Project by bhacksaw||posted 11-24-2014 06:14 PM||2116 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
I was recently invited to the second wedding of a friend’s father. The invitation said “No gifts, please”. I chose to see this as “Please don’t BUY any gifts”. I had been eager to build the jewelry box which I saw on The Wood Whisperer’s site (http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/jewelry-box-with-gary-rogowski/) and thought it would make a good Remembrance Box for the new couple.
I learned many things on this journey. Mainly, read your choice of finish’s drying time WELL in advance of the finishing stage. I haven’t done much finishing work and thought I could do the three coats of wiping varnish in one day. Each coat took a day to dry, however (due to my shop-time availability). Hence, the picture of gluing on the feet and letting the felt settle which was taken in my hotel room at the wedding.
That also leads me to my next lesson learned: felt. Just because you CAN do something from scratch doesn’t mean you SHOULD. I used emerald green flocking fibers and color matched adhesive. The adhesive ended up all over the place and I’m sure I left that hotel room with a thin layer of felt over everything. Next time, just buy a sheet of felt fabric.
Not sure if I’ll attempt breadboard ends again anytime soon. I like the idea, but I don’t think I’m skilled enough to pull it all together without gaps and a bit of slop.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the process. It contained many firsts. I’d love to have another shot at the proud, chamfered finger joints. I used a sanding block for the chamfers but will use chisels next time since I also honed my chiseling and sharpening skill with this project. It was a bit saddening to let it go, but the appreciation from the recipients made well worth it.