|Project by Woodfix||posted 06-12-2012 09:47 AM||1071 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
This box started out as a dovetailing exercise, but I hate just doing exercises as there is little motivation to do a good job. Well this philosophy has worked for me, as the hand cut dovetails on this box are pretty good. I did have to fill one (or two) small gaps but they are on the other side and we wont mention them again.
The dovetails were cut using my new dovetail saw that I made from scratch at a course with Paul Nicholson. Still love that saw.
The sides are Silky Oak salvaged from my wife’s old desk. She is the oldest of four girls and the desk was passed from sister to sister, the last of which decided to paint it black all over, even inside the drawers. This girl had issues. After being with my wife for 12 years (still hoping for time off for good behaviour) all I know about this person is her name. Not sure if the desk is part of the reason they don’t talk.
Anyway the black paint soaked into the timber, so when I was tasked to restore the desk it soon became apparent this would not be possible. My wife has been assured that all the salvageable bits would be bits would be put to good use. It wasn’t that nice a desk in the first place.
The logo on the base is an attempt at a maker’s mark. It is supposed to be the profile of an eye and ‘12’ for the year. The reason for the eye, you ask. Well my initials are B D I, ‘Beady Eye’. Get it. Anyway I have to perfect my carving. Alternately, I have priced a electric brand from a place in California for $150 with changeable numbers (for the year). Just not sure I want to spend the money and find I don’t like it.
Oh, the bottom and top are Kwila. And I made it for some friends as a tea box. They recently returned from Sri Lanka and told me they bought some specialty teas. So I made this for them to put them in. I am hoping this qualifies as a RAOK, although they are pretty well off and probably don’t need the generosity. RAOK – Random Act Of Kindness.
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