|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 08-22-2015 05:56 AM||1379 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
This little entourage is what I made yesterday/today. The guy I did the bed boards for (see my one-and-only-so-far blog entry for associated information), asked me for something to prop open the doors of his ‘53 Chevy Pickup in shows. I got the cursory measurements of the door hinges Wednesday evening, started turning the props almost immediately, decided they need someplace to live while not in use, and made the box today. Photo 1: Just after affixing the hinge pins, I found out that I had placed said pins too far forward to get the props in and out. It makes a nice display, but not what I was after. (This, by the bye, was my very first “clam shell” style box.) Photo 2: Beautiful, beautiful box, flanked by the props. Photo 3: The props, of Figured Birch, turned to resemble (apropos of the setting, IMHO) shifter knobs from an old buggy. Finished with BLO/Wipe-on Poly. The one on the left is mounted in a cardboard mock-up of the hinge space in the door jamb of the pickup. It’s all I had to work with. That, and cursory measurements. Photo 4: Beautiful, beautiful box. I got this board, with some others, from a guy in Hawaii about a year-and-a-half ago. Among the list that came in the package was Monkeypod. Looks like Bubinga to me. But, what do I know about trees that grow in Hawaii? Simply butt-joined and modestly sculpted to make up for poor planning that didn’t allow for mitered/splined corners, it’s finished, in and out (in pre-finished, thank you very much – that I did plan ahead about) with three coats of Wipe-On Poly and a couple coats of Paste Wax. Photo 5: Proof again that you can make a piece of wood bigger when you’ve cut too much off. See the Honeydipper.) I this case, I asked myself what I’d do if this were the last piece of wood on Earth. Fill the space with something else, said myself. Beautiful box. Lovely wood. Wish I had more. Photo 6: I hogged out some material from the front wall so the props would fit. In the finger tab notch, I experienced some uncontrolled chisel action, resulting in the blow-out. (Should have used a router – didn’t have time to set it up. By way of redeeming myself for my failure on the bed boards, I made these door props for him. I just handed them over to him. His buggy is at the L.A. Convention Center now, for the weekend. He took off this afternoon, just as I was Trimming them to fit properly. I won’t know until after the show whether they do, unless he calls me. In case they don’t (and my self-confidence has taken a brutal beating lately), I handed him two little wedges that, while having no style at all, should do the job.
Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s far too dark to read. You may quote me.