|Project by Craftsman on the lake||posted 11-18-2016 08:41 PM||712 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
The family picture wall is finally complete. I managed to get some drawer pulls today that fit the size of the drawers. I installed them and this brings things to a close.￼
￼ The other item also belonged to my grandfather. It’s a whalebone scrimshawed, straight razor. On the blade it says that the company is from India. The carving is of a naked lady. I made a small velvet lined box from some of the left over walnut I had. The razor sits on a small tilted pedestal inside. On one end of the table is a stone sculpture made by my daughter.
The shelves are made of maple and each holds four picture frames. The frames are random in appearance and most acquired from thrift shops. I’m not sure if random frames or frames all the same are best. Right now our frames are all for 4×6 pictures but of different styles and sizes.￼ The table is cherry and made from a design that I remember from my childhood. My mother had a Singer sewing machine in a mahogany cabinet that had tapered legs with flutes at the top. The drawers were narrow and delicate with decorative pull rings for handles. I think I remember it because I was about the height of the cabinet at the time so I had a direct view of it. It has a simple poly finish on it.
On the table is a memorial flag that was issued to the family at my brother’s funeral as he was in the navy during WWII. I made a case for it out of walnut and put a coat of tongue oil on it. I keep going back to that finish for walnut as it always seems to look the best. There are two other old family keepsakes on the table too.
One is my grandfather’s sterling silver pocket watch which was dated 1901 when I pried the back off once. If wound it still works great. Beautiful mechanism inside. I was going to polish it with a special antique watch polish but read in many places that it is customary to keep the original patina on silver. Some watch owners wait years for the patina to form. So, I left it as it is. I found a watch hanging domed glass with walnut base on Amazon. It has a hook inside and is made for pocket watches.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.