|Project by Douglas Bordner||posted 09-26-2012 05:07 AM||2088 views||5 times favorited||37 comments|
For years our neighbor to the north had been an older woman who was not very active in policing the outside of her home. When Pam moved here before we married, the area adjacent to our drive (approx. 30×10’) was overgrown with sunflowers and weeds. Only about three feet of depth is on our property. We convinced her to let us build a raised bed garden there for vegetables and we have practiced organic gardening there for about fifteen years. The arrangement was that she could help herself to produce as she wished.
She finally decided to move into a managed care facility and sold the property to a young couple, who were promptly burglarized. I helped the husband sheath in their broken basement window, another neighbor gave them a TV he wasn’t using; generally giving them the Heartland welcome as best we could after the miserable intrusion and theft.
Pam and I decided to also give them a little housewarming gift which we collaborated on. I figure they should have some idea what all the infernal racket coming from the garage was about. I hope they like it, and (selfish, I know) I hope they like vegetables.
Box is Oregon Bigleaf Maple, and Cherry, with what I believe is striped African Mahogany bottom panel. All the wood was from donated/scrounged lumber (Lumberjocks Schroeder and Dennis Zongker, and a contractor neighbor). Dimensions 5” x 7” x 2.5”, made from .325” thick stock with two Veritas round shelf pins as the hinge. Shellac and wax finish. I usually burn my logo into the bottom of my boxes with a custom torch-fired branding iron from Brand New, but as I was not lining this one, and Pam woodburned the lid design, I decided to put it face up inside the box.
Thanks for looking!
-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.