|Project by DSnyder||posted 05-10-2008 06:38 AM||1246 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
Thanks for the warm welcome to LJ! This project probably qualifies as my first ‘project’ which was completed a little over a year ago. It was a wedding gift for my then future wife. For me, it was great – nice to have a reason to do something creative with the tools of my father and grandfather, while also filling a real want for someone special.
To be honest with you, I’m not completely sure what all types of wood were used on this piece. I’m no wood connoisseur – yet – but I can tell you that there are no exotic hardwoods here: just lumber right off the shelf from a chain supplier! I know, I know… One day soon I’ll grow up into the finer things I’m sure.
The design was inspired from a piece my wife saw in a local store and really liked. I made up the skeleton after tinkering with my grandfather’s jointer, and testing it out on some 2×4’s. Later, those 2×4’s would become the four corner pieces on this chest (fancy, eh?). By far, the most fun was using my father’s new dovetail jig for the drawers. What a guy! He let me use his brand new dovetail jig before he even used it!
Finish on the piece was two coats of a dark oil-based stain, followed by three coats of poly. In hindsight, I should have used a sealer first, but I was in too big of a hurry to get it done. Shortly after these pictures were taken, the handles were added to complete it.
When taken as a whole, it’s a solidly-built piece (picture a wooden tank, if you will) with dovetailed drawers and a decent finish, though the materials are not top quality and my craftsmanship is still in development. Hope you all enjoy!
-- “I am a soul. I have a body.” Lloyd C. Douglas