|Project by littlecope||posted 07-24-2009 10:13 PM||1225 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
Some would call it a Man’s Valet, some a Manbox, I like to call them Pocket Garages because that’s what I use them for. I have one at home, one at work, and park my keys, wallet, cellphone, etc. right where I know where everything is. Made this one for a good friend’s son by request, to get a jump on Christmas (5 mos. away tomorrow!).
Actually took a break from another project to build this one, hoping to “Bang something out” real quick, but I ended up trying a couple of new things and not having a lot of free time so it took me longer than anticipated. Up to this point I had always “constructed” the panels using thin pieces on a bias, this time I went with single-piece raised panels, uncharted waters for me! That went okay, but I also tried making my own hinges…
The second try yielded these which work great, but I think are a little large for the size of the box. I should have used the first set (which broke but were at least narrower) as a template for the second set. I could have matched the coloration better too…Hurrying never seems to get me where I want to go… :(
The wood is Poplar, I’m told, and was a pleasure to work, pleasant smelling as well! No glue was used, except on the wooden pins that hold the hinges on…
Now I have just five short months to make my friend’s other son one… ;-)
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.