|Project by Steffen||posted 05-02-2010 06:19 PM||1954 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I started browsing ebay for some used hand tools and decided I needed something to put them in. This cabinet became too small too quickly but I’m sure I’ll find a use for it. Wood is alder and the handle and trim are walnut. I cut the shape of the handle on the band saw then shaped the rest by hand. The crown on the top was made with my table saw. The whole thing was made from left-over lumber from various project…even the hinges were left over from a cabinet job I did years ago.
A little background on the thermometer… My grandfather had a cattle and hog farm in Dallas Oregon. The farm house was about 100 years old and after he died years ago my grandmother sold the property to a developer. The property sat for years and was used for grazing and I believe they were renting the old house. I had not been to the property in years and in 2003 I decided to stop by and show the old house to a friend. Sadly the house was donated to the local fire department and just one week before I arrived they burned it to the ground. This thermometer was hanging on the old tool shed which didn’t burn. I figured nobody would miss it and it had been hanging on that shed for as long as I can remember. That was the first time I stole it.
later that year I moved to Bellingham Washington. I rented this old house and I set the thermometer on the side porch one day when it snowed. When I moved I forgot it there. Three years later when I was visiting Bellingham I got up very early…drove over to the house…there it was still in the same place I placed it three years ago. I tip toed up to the house…snatched it…and took it home. My friends Mom on Whidbey Island had it mounted and framed and shipped it to me in California.
-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA