|Project by Tim||posted 06-30-2007 02:42 PM||3316 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
A guy I work with told a friend of his that I make shadow boxes for those about to retire from the Navy. Shadow box…No Problem!! However this guy wanted a chest with his medals and such in the lid. I agreed and told him it would be a $300 job. Well I had never done anything for so much money or mortise and tenon joints for that matter. So off to the lumber store I go and after buying all the hardware and lumber I quickly realize I had severely under bid. Totally lost my tail. Anyway the box is a very simple design I drew up myself. The front, back, and sides are mortise and tenon panels. The bottom of each piece was dadoed to receive the ply bottom. The corners were rabbited and glued up. It was quite the project for me at the time. I think I could probably crank one out a lot quicker now. The final product was quite nice despite the top being warped a little and not sitting quite square. The customer was so pleased that he gave me a $120 dollar tip!!! I think he knew that I was not making any money off the job. Small profit, huge lesson.
I forgot to mention, I had never done any carving either and he wanted a carving of the Gas Turbine System rate mark on the front of the box. I know it’s a pretty simple relief carving but I was still pretty pleased with it.
And for those wondering…the customer put the medals and the flag in the case. I was very displeased with his flag folding.
-- Measure twice!!