|Project by Maveric777||posted 12-24-2010 at 10:24 AM||1981 views||9 times favorited||38 comments|
Its crazy how time flies when your busy making sawdust and enjoying good friends here on Lumber Jocks. This project was officially completed last week, but I was so close to my one year…. Well, I had to save it for the occasion. We all have had those projects where we where are like “Humm It’s Ok”. Then we have a project that we can see clearly progress in who we are in our shops. I personaly look at this piece as a big step for me as far as my work goes. My oh my…. what a wild, fun, and educational year it has been.
This was originally going to be a gun box for my Father In-Law, but it evolved into something else (it is still big enough to fit his Springfield 1911 if he so chooses). The main box is walnut, and the stones & lining are from a killer piece of curly maple that my bride helped me pick out. I remembered seeing a cabinet that had stone like pieces in it a while back. That made me think to make the center of the box have the feel of a stream or a creek running through using similar “Stones”. My big disappointment was not popping the grain on the maple to enhance the feel of water running over stones. We live and learn… I am definitely trying this again.
The rest is sort of cut and dry as far as lining the walls and the pain in the butt hinges. I really love these hinges, but let me tell you… “They Fought Me All The Way”...lol. The bottom is lined with a leather matched up from a local leather smith shop. I have a funny story about my new friends down at the leather shop I will have to share later. I finished the box out with 4 soaks of Danish oil, and a ton of hand buffed Renaissance wax.
I am going to wrap this one up with the reason I named the piece “Cornerstone”. I was in a pickle as to what to name this piece when I happen to see a documentary of sorts about cornerstones, and their structural importance. I reflected about who I was building this piece for…. My Father In-Law. I will have to say he is one of my biggest fans and supporters. When I felt I couldn’t cut a board straight to save my life he was telling everyone I could build anything. Every time he comes over we always have shop time to go over what all I have my hands in. He is truly interested, and cares about what I do, and how I do it. When most your friends think you are nuts for the countless hours in the shop, constant rambling about wood, etc…. It is good to have a “Cornerstone” of support. It is good to have people believe in you…..
Thanks for checking out my latest project, and reading my ramblings…..
-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.