December always fills up with last minute small projects. Most years I don’t schedule anything for the last month of the year. This time, the last November project ran into December. It was a walnut chest. Since I ordinarily inventory just cherry, I had to scramble to find decent walnut. Most of it is steamed today, and the widths are nothing to brag about. However, I remembered that I had three 12″ boards squirreled away from years ago. Prime stock, with that nice dark purple-chocolate color.
The project was a lidded chest with two drawers. Walnut is a bit of a challenge, since it’s hard to see pencil marks. the chest was fully dovetailed, maple interior, soft-close lid support and a beautiful quarter-sawn top. The client wanted bun feet, which I’m not too fond off. Nonetheless, I turned all four feet out of a real nice short piece of 16/4 stock that I managed to find. The piece turned out rather nice, with black hardware.
January is always a slow time, a let down after the holidays. I worked on two FWW articles and revived a long dormant coffee table design. An updated boat-shaped, floating top with a granite inlay. The table, of which I’m justly proud, is waiting for a a real photo shoot. C. H. Becksvoort © 2011/2012