My sister is getting married next month. For their gift I've built this chest. I must explain before looking at the pictures that they had their first date at this gazebo, and her fiance is an astronomy buff and they have a thing with the moon.
Warning for those on dialup, the total size of the images is about 700 kb.
The dovetails on the corners were the first time I attempted anything larger than a drawer, cuts on the bandsaw and chopped out the waste. They aint perfect, but I'm surprised at how well they came out. It was also the first time I chop out mortises by hand, and after all those I now understand why people buy dedicated mortisers. The bay for the gazebo was an assembly nightmare.
Because I'm limited in the number of longer clamps I have, one cabinet set of K besseys and then everything else is 12" or less, I took what I guess is a fairly unconventional approach to assembly. I put together the corners first, which let me load them up with short clamps to get the dovetails tight. Then I assembled the front and back, and then put them together with the side panels.
I won't say I couldn't have done it without the wreck, but it wouldn't look like it does. It wouldn't have dovetails. It would probably have poly on it instead of shellac and wax. Whether it googling the group for info on veneering or asking questions, or just knowing if I really got myself into a jam I could come here and find a solution, or at least a sympathy "Doh!"
And finally, when the budget was toast and I really wanted a piece of birds-eye for the moon I made a plea on the wreck. Not only did I get it, he also turned it for me, and sent two of them, and only asked for postage in return. He contacted me privately so I will leave him anonymous. Because I had two to work with I was able to experiment with carving larger craters into it which was never part of the plan, and I'm thrilled with the results. So, thank you again.