|Project by balidoug||posted 10-14-2012 11:46 AM||3295 views||2 times favorited||23 comments|
For me, one of the most important aspects of Lumberjocks is the feedback I get from other LJs. My family has always been politely supportive, as well as appreciative of the various projects for which they were the beneficiaries, but a “nice job!” from a fellow woodworker will keep me going for months. So it was with surprise and joy that I received from my daughter a 13th birthday request: a small chest of drawers to fit under her desk. I was especially pleased in light of our pre-Christmas discussion last year, as described in my “feathers project.
The chest is easily the most involved project I’ve attempted to date. Both she and I originally planned a fairly simple and entirely functional affair, but like most of my projects: “the tale grew in telling”.
First, the legs of the table are splayed, and I wanted the chest to fit, so working with clean, right angles was out. Not normally a serious problem, I know, but I did wish I had not spent high-school geometry class drawing little flip-movies in the margins of my text books.
When a friend found a piece of Suar that exactly fit the fronts-pieces I was confronted with a second challenge in that I needed the grain to match up, but my measuring skills are still wanting. (I recall the time my son and I reacted with delight to my measuring him at two meters, until moments later it occurred to both of us that he was a head shorter than me, and I’m only 5’11”.)
Whenever I complete a project the errors and the flaws jump out at me like the animatronics on a fun-house ride. This one is no exception; but even so I’m quite pleased with the result, and she’s delighted.
Which leaves me with one, nagging uncertainty: As I mentioned above, she has just hit her teens, and although politely appreciative of past projects, she was very enthusiastic about this one …. Am I being set up?
Made by hand
-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant