|Project by DeLayne Peck||posted 03-16-2015 05:34 PM||1197 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
On Valentine’s Day, all I could say to my wife, Joyce is, “Your gift hasn’t come yet.” The whole truth was her gift was half done on my shop table. Sub 20 degree temperatures repeatedly halted my work.
Joyce’s jewelry box is Colorado Walnut. The project began with 5/4 unwanted cut off 5 3/4” W and 28” L. Plans to get ornamental changed to as plain as possible after a chat with the board. No knobs, no molding. The frozen rollers on my Dewalt 735 scolloped the stock down to 1/4”. No jazzy joinery, dado and rabbet. End-grain matching in chippy walnut? A “Shoot Me” level of frustration.
And, the scariest part of project was a trip to fabric store. Women can focus laser-like revulsion when a saw dust covered old man in a black Carhartt jacket shops in their midst. I choose a heavy paisley fabric with almost a tooled leather look as a counter-point to the plain exterior. And ran to get the hell outta there.
-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.