|Project by SantaPaulaCraftsman||posted 03-11-2010 06:58 AM||2111 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
The Greene & Greene style can make anything look fancy-schmancy. Even a poker chip box.
I love poker. I love woodworking. I don’t have enough time for either, being a tick below 50 and gainfully employed and busy family man etc. So because my time is valuable, I tend to choose projects I can use in every day life… a common utilitarian object transformed into something with sensuous curves, beautiful grain, and natural colors. Oh yeah, and because I’m better at woodworking than I am at Texas hold-em this is the only way to impress my poker pals.
This ENORMOUS box is 3 feet long and, with all my 14-gram chips, weighs about 50 pounds. I started with 3/4” plywood and framed it with Ambrosia Maple (my current wood of choice. It’s cheap and easy on my blades, and the patterns are impressive). The top is Padauk and some other wood whose name escapes me at the moment. The crossmembers are thick and the box overbuilt, but with all this weight I didn’t want the box to twist when carried. I used ebony for the pegs.
My previous project was the side table, made of mahogany, padauk and ebony, and is taken from a Gamble table pattern in Darrell Peart’s book (Darrell, you da bomb!). The box goes so well with the table, in my opinion, they’re going to stay together.
The chips are nested in the black felt beds that were in the original aluminum poker chip cases. I pulled them out, cut to size with the band saw, and dropped them in.
Ok guys…... I’m all in!
-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn