|Project by cheller||posted 04-02-2007 06:01 AM||3116 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
When my sister and I were children our grandparents sent us advent calendars each year. When we got to be adults she continued the tradition – sending me advent calendars each year. When her son was 2 I sent him a door sized advent calendar. At the same time I found myself going back to a magazine article (American Woodworker, I think) about a Pennsylvania spice cabinet. Inspired by that I decided to make my nephew a permanent advent calendar based on the spice cabinet. This is the result.
The design on the door came from a craft magazine. I painted it but it’s not original. Wish I could locate the magazine so I could give the artist credit.
The cabinet design is original. It’s mahogany with a baltic birch panel in the door. The drawers sides and bottom are also plywood (1/8”). I built a router jig to make the rabbets for the drawer joints. A rare earth magnet serves as the door catch. The finish is wipe on polyurethane.
The calendar has survived 3 Christmases with a pre-schooler (he’s now 5). He loves to take the drawers out and put them back in.
-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com