I finished the knife rack and delivered it to Aikiko. She was very appreciative and felt it would compliment her new maple kitchen. I hope she gets another several decades of use out of this one.
Also took delivery of a Homack ball bearing double tool box that I traded for some bathroom repair work back in February. This resulted in 1/2 day of sorting and repositioning hand tools. I even have a few empty drawers! One benefit was that I located a few things I thought were missing; including a brand-new-in-the-box Veritas cabinet scraper, which, of course I had to stop and hone, polish, and burnish. I had received it as a gift from one of the kids and had put it away without ever using it. Dumb. Now I just have to relearn where I put everything. Another benefit was that I had to clear a space for the new box, (I have two other tall boxes) so I got rid of a small barrel of scraps; mostly sticks of softwoods and a few chunks of checked maple slab ends. Mom likes the kindling.
I was looking at poppatom’s projects and his desk reminded me of one had built back in the eighties. We didn’t have room for it when all the kids were home and I didn’t build it to sell, so I put it away and hadn’t thought about it for a long time. I built it to practice dovetails, locking drawer joints, and mortised drawer guides. I think the design was inspired by a desk I saw in Fine Woodworking magazine.
So off I went on the search, moved a lot of boxes and wood, suffered thru the dust sneezes, and there it was; one of my lost and ignored orphans. Well, the finish had not held up and the poor thing looked pretty ratty. So I spent yesterday afternoon stripping the old lacquer from it, (I really hate that process; don’t like the material, the mess it makes, the rags and crud you have to discard, etc.)
It’s now ready to be refinished. I will use polyurethane this time and it should hold up better. I will post pic’s when it’s done.
Perhaps I will get to that today. Or not; it looks like a very nice ‘ride the Vegas’ motorcycle day. As you may have realized from my signature; I ride a 2004 Victory Vegas for fun and relaxation outside the shop. We are getting the best weather in the States right now. Everyone else is suffering thru some high temps but here in the NW. we are having 70’s and low 80’s. Perfect riding weather.