This was one of my favorite boxes out of the Slanted Dovetail series. It’s about 6 1/2″ tall by 6″ wide and is close to 11″ in length. Why this box was special is the stunning grain pattern of the Curly Cherry used for the sides and lid. This box features a sliding tray and was lined with some dark brown deer skin. I always thought it was the perfect combination of elegance and wood to be used as a mans’ valet box.
It just so happened that one of my neighbors was walking his dog and stopped by to see what I was up to in the shop. I was working on another set of boxes made of Lacewood and he was really admiring their grain pattern and talking about “he should buy one”. Well, my sales guy persona kicked in and I told him if he liked the Lacewood I could show him one that would “knock his socks off” — go get was his reply! I did and 30 minutes later I had his check.
This Curly Cherry was a rare piece I picked up at Woodworkers Emporium here in town. They had some miscellaneous boards they were selling, kind of like an estate sale. The grain on this piece was stunning and lent itself to a beautiful project, only problem is I’m going to miss being able to admire it. That’s the way it goes, one sale leads to my never ending quest to feed my wood addiction. Here’s one last look at this beautiful chunk of wood.