|Project by Mark Shymanski||posted 12-28-2011 05:32 AM||1794 views||9 times favorited||11 comments|
This box represents a bunch of firsts for me on many fronts. This box is from a tree from my yard a decorative cherry tree that was removed as a choking hazard ( from the plentiful seed droppings) for our then very little ones. I saved the trunk after it was cut into three manageable lengths of about a meter each (this is first number one). I didn’t seal the ends or anything I now know you are supposed to do to properly dry a piece of wood. In any event it dried out enough where I plopped it on my new band saw and resawed planks out of the log (first number 2). After this the work was mostly using hand tools (I really like my LV block and jackplanes). I kew I wanted a card box. Both of my kids are on the autism spectrum and playing cards (both as an action and a noun) is something that soothes them when the stresses of the day are just too much for them, this box would be a little more rugged than the standard cardboard or plastic boxes that come with cards. I also hope that the satin smooth finish will be a comforting texture for them. Life has been pretty hectic so, as many of us do here, I squeeked in time to work on this box whenever I could. I suppose it would have gone faster if I’d had a plan but I was making it up as I went along (it took me a while to figure out how to get tthe lid to stay on. As you can see the lid and base are cut from the same board, but you probably can’t see is that the grain wraps around all four sides (I guess there are a couple of more firsts in there!)
i’ve not applied a finish yet, and I think I will create two more better ones, for Paul and Lauren now that I’ve made the mistakes on this ‘prototype’ box.
Its not a fancy box but I am sure proud of it.
-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2