|Project by woodbutcher||posted 01-22-2009 11:20 PM||3754 views||6 times favorited||25 comments|
A Secret Compartment
This piece of Brazilian Cherry had been standing proudly alone for quite sometime in front of my small exotic woods bin. I wouldn’t use it, on several occasions for other projects, I had picked it up and admired the singularity of its’ shape. I knew always that it was one half of a strong beating heart. Then as unassumingly as one could imagine a confluence of needs arose which simultaneously begged that it be incorporated into something magnificent!
There was my wife’s request that I construct something to house her sewing paraphernalia, and then a challenge from Lumberjocks, the fate of the Knots use had become sealed. It was my most prized piece of wood in the shop. There was nothing less that could be used; there would be no substitutions this time! So to the bandsaw I rushed to slice open this most beautiful one half a heart Knot and allow the book matching to take place, which would then show how I had in fact put my whole heart into, creating something unique and original enough to satisfy the needs of my beloved. What better purpose in this world could this Knot serve!
So after all the melodrama, I used the bookmatched knot as the center of the sewing box. Since it was for sewing, I thought the box should resemble a sewing-thing. Hence the bobbin look! I assumed that you could hide a lot of things in a bobbin so I’m entering it in A Secret Compartment also. After building 16 drawers inside the bobbin, I still wasn’t sure these were really Secret so I made one other Secret compartment in the middle of the bobbins turned spindle. Everything is solid Canary wood or Brazilian Cherry. The dimensions are 34 ½” tall by 18” diameter. I’m Knot sure what it is exactly other than a carousel, table, dropping bobbin, sewing, box. This was a lot of fun to build and required a lot of firsts for me! Hope you like the colors, that’s all the tung oil would allow.
-- woodbutcher north carolina