Friday, June 28, 2013
I do like it though. I used my favorite Trail Tan Ceramcoat. Not bad at all...
Last night, I faked a chest to go inside the cigar box. I looked at a lot of real Mexican furniture. I have an Artes De Mexico catalog from 1967. They have been reproducing early Mexican Colonial furniture for many years. The catalog is one of my favorite books. The painted cabinet in the upstairs of the Southwestern room is a copy of one of theirs. The catalog itself is put together with real wrought iron nails and the cover is floppy pieces of rawhide. Really cool.
Anyway, sidetracked as usual. Sorry about that.
As I said, I faked it. The front and top are real, the rest is just supports. I cut the front 1 1/2" high by the width of the box. The top was 1 5/8" by the width of the box. The side and back supports were the same height as the front. The back one was the same size as the front. The sides were the same height, but less in width, to allow for the depth of the front and back.
I didn't plan for the scroll bottom...No floor tile underneath. Now I have to patch it.
Nothing is glued in yet. I just did a dry fit an thought that you would like to see what direction I am headed.
When I did this as a class, I gave people the option of a very simple version of this bench. No scroll bottom and just panels faked with chair rail.
This one, I carved the panels and then trimmed the edges with 1/16" double bead molding to give it a more finished look.
Oh! I almost forgot. See the little cactus garden? I found the terracotta pot(small saucer for under a starter pot). I filled it with potting soil when I got home and grabbed some shoots that the squirrels had dug out of one of the dish gardens. I don't know how long it will last, but for 28 cents, I am going to see. Hey! It's lived for about two hours, so far. There is hope.
See you tomorrow.