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Updated: 1 hour 23 min ago

Wood-sample collection chest 4 – carvings for front and side panels completed

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:18pm

Working on the front panel

With the front panel redesigned to be flatter and less delicate in order to accommodate a drop-front on the chest, carving commenced. I picked a piece of mahogany because I liked its color, and I’ve struggled ever since with changing grain direction.  Every quarter inch or so, the direction takes a reverse turn, and I’ve learned a lot about wood selection and reading the grain for carving. It’s been a challenge, but I finally finished the front and two side panels. I’m going to take a break from carving and build the chest, leaving the top panel for last.