Only weeks after finishing Hope Chest #1 for my first daughter (http://web.mac.com/tallen), Flannery and I (#2) took a trip to Edensaw and picked out the wood for her chest.
Originally, she thought she wanted a combo of peruvian walnut and white oak. As we walked through Edensaw, she kept commenting on several beautiful sticks of santos mahogony. In short, the mahogany made it home…the oak didn’t. We’ll see what happens.
Since I do all my milling by hand (planing/jointing), I was excited to start on the PW. In my limited, small scale, experience, it has been a joy to work. Large scale turned out to be quite different. While it is easy on hand tools, more than half the boards were a morasse of wild, back-switching grain.
Were it not for my recent purchase of the Lie-Nielsen low-angle jack plane, the front and back panels of this chest would’ve looked more like the surface of the moon that fine furniture. This said, I just finished surfacing the front and back panels (although they are not cut to size yet) and am sharpening up to begin the mahogany sides.
-- "Will preach for wood."