|Project by BertFlores58||posted 06-17-2010 02:51 AM||1805 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
When Mommy showed me her old jewelry box made from leather and plastic, ruined and overused, she requested me to make one… a request that definitely cannot be refused. But it was also good becauise I can ask anytime what she likes during the progress of the work. Herebelow are the requested ideas from my Mom:
The first request was the wood ... of course recycled and reclaimed … She readily accepted the Narra (FYI, it is nearly same with PADUAK) with a rustic stain and some spalted portion. She seems to like the antiquity of the wood.
The second was the structure design, she wanted to have a drawer deep enough to hold beads and other jewels. It must be nice and easy sliding drawer. I made wooden slide (MOLAVE) strong enough to hold the heavy load of a drawer. Both box and drawer sides were grooved and the slide strips is fixed with glue and reinfored with 1.5 mm dia. brad inserted after drilling a 1.5 mm dia. on the slide. It must be dovetail joints. Cover should be framed with contrasting ebony (KAMAGONG). The top tray must be divided into 6 compartments equally measured…(At least, this was easy to do however the difficulty was I have to use thinner slats to provide bigger volume holding space.) She really made my life easy ha????!!!
The third was the lock. When the box was glued and done, she requested that there should be a lock for this box both cover and drawer. I was in the time of constructing the drawer and top divider when she requested for a lock. I have not preempted this option to prepare for necessary keyholes and other parts required to fit the lock. Another difficulty is I don’t have any jewelry lock available. I used a drawer lock that has a twisting mechanism that you can buy in any store. It hooks the top cover and pushes a pin to lock the drawer….. at first it was a lot of creative thinking and second I was afraid that Mom won’t like it.) But Mom, prior seeing the lock I made, suggested to use a door hasp if I cannot find any lock. I felt lucky with the lock when I showed what I have done.. She was so silent and ask me ” HOW DID YOU MAKE THAT?!” A sign that she likes it.
The fourth was the drawer handle. Drawer handle has different shape, but I need small but deep enough for the finger to pull the heavily loaded drawer. I made several model from softwood until Mom decided to which is the best. It was an ebony material grooved and glued. A recess made purposely to have good finger grasps.
The fifth was the foot. It was finished and tung oiled when Mom noticed that it should be protected from underneath scratches.. So, I made a triangular prismatic foot to cater this. It was strongly glued by making corner lapjoint.
The last was the finish Mom wants it natural and no stains in it… Good choice… Me too. This is where we have in common.. Stain fades and destroy the original color of the wood. She wants it glossy so that it is also easy to wipe. Cotton swabbing it finally with mixture of Valspar and Tung oil combination with 1 to 1/4 ratio respectively.
I made a long review on this just to share HOW TO DEAL WITH YOUR CLIENTS REQUEST?.... a question that should be in the forum but I like it way to make it special because MOM’S REQUEST CANNOT BE DENIED NEITHED BE CANCELED which we can DO sometimes to other CUSTOMER….. But what differs, MOM’s LOVE is your reward.
Thanks for your reading.
p.s. The truth is Mom Gregoria is my mother-in-law. My real Mom passed away 30 years ago..