|Project by Mikesawdust||posted 11-13-2013 06:45 PM||1565 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
This was a piece I just completed and finished for a retiring Air Force Chief. I had wanted to try making one of these after seeing a few examples here on lumberjocks. I tried to make it as unique as possible and fit all the desires of the retiring chief, he loved it.
The main woods are Alder and European Walnut. The legs are a segmented glueup with a walnut stripe down each side. The legs were then tapered on the sharp edges then rounded so the go from square top to nearly round at the base. The inlayed stripes were cut with a laser, much easier than any alternative. The underside of the lid was lasered with his personal info and badges included in the squadron, then below the opening I included a timeline of his career, I made special entries for family items as well. I installed a small lifted area under the window that displays his ribbons and medals, this area has foam under the cloth so the items displayed can be removed for use. I also installed a small, if not hidden at least not obvious, drawer for documents. The walnut decorative strips help disguise the drawer when closed.
All the joinery was with pocket screws and hidden with the cloth covered panels after. also although the legs extend to the top, the area in the shadow box only has two sides, so the legs don’t impinge on the space inside.
I hope you find the build interesting, thanks
-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project