|Project by SRead||posted 05-05-2010 03:39 AM||1417 views||7 times favorited||22 comments|
Well, I’ve spent a good week looking at one amazing project after another and part of me doesn’t really want to post this. Honestly, if I ever get a fraction as good as so many of you, I’ll be a happy man! But I figure if I’m going to pester you with rookie questions, I’m going to have to bite the bullet and join in. So, here goes….
This project started shortly before my daughter’s seventh birthday. She wanted a diary, but one with a lock. But we could only find a couple and they were pretty crummy, compared with so many “journal” type books—but those lacked locks. So I hiked up my trousers and told my wife we could get her a nice writing book and I’d whip out a crude box with a lock in no time. No kidding, I was really thinking some ply, or maybe pine, and a cheapo lock hasp from the Depot. The only problem was, well, making something for somebody gives you time to think about what they mean to you. And my little gal owns my heart (except for the portions claimed by my boys!), which got me thinking…and, thus, the heart.
It took a heck of a lot longer than I’d promised my wife and it’s far, far from perfect, but it opens and closes and has a lock—and she still loves it. Good enough for me!
I used what I had on hand—box is cherry, heart inlay is bloodwood, top border (not inlays) is walnut, maple, and bloodwood. Oh, and check out that handmade tassel—my first (and last)! :-) Thanks for looking and I very much welcome any suggestions or constructive criticism!