|Project by KCConst||posted 01-04-2016 12:39 AM||717 views||5 times favorited||1 comment|
I have been making a few gifts for a friend of mine. He owned a sawmill 20 years ago when I visited him. He allowed me to have a few “scraps” that would have been mulched since they couldn’t be sold for lumber. He and I share a few things including some history in football. We recently traveled together to go see a game. The time we spent traveling was good for reflecting on a few things including his old sawmill. Since I had saved a few boards from that old mill I thought I’d make him a few gifts. I started with a man’s valet, 4 angled, mitered, walnut sides with an inset leather (note the football resemblance of the pebbled texture). On the back I did some woodburning to commemorate the event. Next, coasters or trivets. I cut 6 footballs out of walnut, woodburned the laces and seams, placed the same leather on the back for furniture protection. Then I made a football shaped holder to stack the coasters for storage. Finally, I made a footstool 36” wide, 16” deep and 16” high. The front was created with one single glue-up with hopes of getting that continuous face look, you be the judge. The wood I used was primarily short scraps so my choices were limited. The drawers are 3/4” walnut face with 5/8” Alder sides. The contrasting color shows nicely on the edges. The single center slide is a sliding wooden dovetail. I have not installed any drawer pulls. I will allow the owner to select one or two as he sees fit in the metal finish that complements his home. I’ll install them for him of course.
-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden