|Project by ToddHolmDotCom||posted 12-30-2013 11:06 PM||657 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
A delightful single mother at work wanted a toy box for her two children and asked me if I could make her one. I agreed all too quickly. So, quite sometime later it is almost finished. It was a real comedy of errors. First my CNC went crazy on me and wouldn’t work, sent parts back to the company, they sent it back saying it was a fuse, then it engraved all crazy like a Salvador Dahli painting. I got it to carve the two panels, and only the two panels, before it quit working completely again. Then I cut the pieces all at once (a little over-sized) to make sure I had enough wood, but decided to do some rearranging to make it a little taller for her because she told me she really needed the space. Of course that made the legs come up about 3 inches short. Then to save time I went with a stain and varnish combo, I’ll not do that again. Finally it was done and all I needed to do was attach the hinge that would keep it from slamming on little fingers and wouldn’t you know, it did absolutely nothing to slow the lid’s decent. So it is done and ready to be delivered as soon as the new pair of hinges ($40) arrive in the mail. The $40 will chew up a good portion of the $150 she is paying me. But it is the Christmas season so who cares. I’m not really in it for the money.
Oh, and yes that is how her daughter’s name is spelled. The wood is Ash (except the two back legs which are oak, but don’t tell anyone). It is one coat of walnut stain.
-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."