|Project by danr78||posted 01-28-2010 09:38 AM||3011 views||11 times favorited||20 comments|
This is not only my first jewelry box, but it was also my first woodworking project. It has sentimental value to me on so many levels.
My grand-father was an all-American hero. He raised five children, cattle, and corn on 500 hundred acres just west of Des Moines, Iowa; he fought in the battle of the bulge during WWII (he once told me that he was so scared, he forgot to pull the pin the first time he threw a grenade); though farming was his life, he was never too busy to take his grand-children fishing; but most importantly he was married to my grandmother for 68 years when he passed away two years ago. I will always remember him fondly. My favorite memories to look back on are when he would take me with him to mend fences or drive the cattle from one pasture to another. After we finished working, we would stop and pick wild rasberries to surprise my grandma. I could barely see over the steering wheel, but he let me drive anyway. My grandfather has a special place in heaven and I know it was a joyous reunion when he got there.
When he passed away, he left a little bit of money to each of his grandchildren. I knew I wanted to spend it on something that would have a lasting impact on my life. I bought my first woodworking tools: a table saw, jointer, planer, router and router table, and 4 clamps. There is no way I could have made that kind of investment on my own. I am truly blessed to have had that kind of opportunity.
That was one year ago and this was the first project I made with that investment. I thought of my grandfather often during this project so I thought it would be fitting to give it to my mom (his daughter).
The panels are walnut and the lid, splines, and trim are spalted poplar. I know it is hard to tell in the picture, but the lid is a raised panel. The sliding drawer has matching splines like the outer box. I used 10mm barrel hinges for concealment. The trim around the lid was actually a mistake; I don’t know how it happened because I thougth I was being very careful, but I cut into the box very close to the top when I meant to be cutting a spline. I brewed about it for days when my wife came to the rescue. It was her idea to widen the cut and wrap it all the way around. It is finished with several coats of Watco Danish Oil. I’m not sure why it looks this way in the picture, but the splines are actually very light – the photo of the front makes them look pretty dark.
I would like to enter this box in the yin yang contest. I believe the project makes great use of contrasting colors. The dark and the light woods make a striking and visually asthetic appeal. The inky grain in the spalted poplar stands out and really makes the whole piece come alive.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my work.