|Project by wlhutch||posted 02-25-2009 04:50 AM||48931 views||11 times favorited||12 comments|
A friend asked me to build a display case for his daughter’s fourteen TaeKwonDo belts she earned in the juniors program. There were a few “firsts” on this project; turquoise inlay and carved diamond molding in two sizes. The display is a simple box with shelves, however I did want to make it special and reflect an Asian influence in the design. Maple was used for the project and my friend wanted a natural look to the finish.
I started with a couple of sketches that were slowly refined. I built a prototype of a base that I really liked but, once it was built- it didn’t have the same appeal. I went through this same process with several ideas before arriving at these plans.
Carving the diamond molding was easier that i thought. It’s a detail that is better to leave your tool work plainly visible. I made the upper piece first and during the final dry fit, I decided to add the lower molding.
The side inlay is turquoise. It a matter of filling a cavity with glue and ground turquoise, then sanding the result flush. While the procedure is simple, the sanding is a long process, beginning with 80 grit. One side is TaeKwonDo and the other side is Jessica written in Hangul (Korean).
This has been a fun project and thanks for looking.