|Project by Daniel Wise||posted 04-20-2010 07:15 AM||1483 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
This is a box my daughter and I made together over the weekend. She read the “Nothing New But the Glue” contest rules and got excited, so we built this.
The top is made from an old hand plow handle my father-in-law gave me as a template when I recently made some new handles for him. (FYI, it’s not a good idea to run heavily used garden tool handles through the thickness planer…live and learn) A couple of swipes through the planer and the wood took on a very neat look. We used a few scraps from the plow for the handles and feet also.
The sides and bottom of the box are made from the tops of two door frames we removed when we remodeled our living room, which is why it’s white on only one side of each board. I’m not a fan of pine but I guess the whole point was to recycle. We were shooting for a Greene and Greene look on the joints. As it turns out, my daughter is now the only girl in the neighborhood that likes the smell of the shop and can pick out a piece of G&G furniture.
The inset on the lid is a scrap piece of MDF with a white finish on one side that was left over from a bean bag game I had made for the kids at church. The overlapping leaves design in the center of the lid was my daughter’s idea and where the glue came in. We painted the mdf center panel with glue and coated it with saw dust and chips left from pen turning projects (I turned about 30 for the teachers at school where I work). It’s hard to see in the photos but the color is pretty impressive due to all of the exotic wood shavings. After the glue had dried she repeated the process for the leaves using sawdust from the dust bag on my belt sander. Using the CA glue like a pen she drew the lines on the leaves and dusted it with walnut lathe shavings to make the veins in the leaves. In the photo of the parts we used I had included some cocobolo cutoffs we were going to use in place of the ebony plugs you usually find on G&G pieces but we decided we liked how it looked without them.
All in all it was good father/daughter project I thought. Thanks for looking.