|Project by Dave Haynes||posted 03-04-2012 12:00 AM||2674 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
My wife and I have some very close friends who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and we wanted to get something special for them that they could commemorate that event with. Since I’ve been on the box making kick for the last few months, we thought that it would be nice if I would make a nice jewlery box for them to keep some of their heirloom jewelry in. I started this project back in early January and had it all completed except for the finish and the engraving which was completed early last week.
We ended up inviting them out to dinner last night and we arrived at the restaurant before they did and hid the gift bag under the table between us. It was really kind of neat how all the conversations around dinner never ever got to the point of mentioning their anniversary until afterward when my friend mentioned something about it (can’t remember exactly what was said) but this gave me the opportunity to grab the gift bag containing the box and set it on the table in front of them. What a look that they had on their faces when they saw what was inside! It really made my wife and I feel good.
The box is made out of some of the leftover figured hickory that we installed in our family room a couple of years ago and some walnut that I had laying around the shop. I used the walnut in the lid, the corner splines and in the bottom moldings. The bottom moldings are made from the cut offs from the female edge of the tongue & groove flooring boards and I planed down some walnut inserts to fit the groove. As you can see, I don’t like to throw anything away. I used two coats of Watco Danish Oil on it with three coats of Minwax Satin hand rubbed poly.
The photos of this project might give you an idea what they saw.
Needless to say, I didn’t put this one up at the Etsy storefront nor on my regular woodworking website.
-- Dave Haynes, Indiana, http://www.oldaveswoodshop.com