|Project by wlhutch||posted 02-25-2009 04:50 AM||44096 views||10 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.
From there it was just a matter of milling lumber-
I built a jig to route the stopped dados for the shelves and on the router table the groove for the backing was made. The shelves and backing are captive, there is enough room for wood movement.
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).
Here is the final result finished with seal a cell and satin arm-r-seal.
This has been a fun project and thanks for looking.