We didn’t really do much for Christmas when we first got here in 2009. This year, we got a tree and the whole thing. Krista and I talked about it, and decided that we would just buy a few ornaments each year rather than a bunch of them all at once. Each one was sort of personal for us. In keeping with the whole improving my ability to work with wood thing, I decided I’d build a box to keep 2010’s ornaments in. It is my second stab at hand cut dovetails.
My first attempt was a tool caddy I built in my dad’s garage when I first got to Arkansas a decade ago. That one was done with scrap pine, and was a relative disaster. I left it in the garbage when we moved away, though I wish I had kept it for the old axe handle that I used for a carrying rod at the top of it. My dad turned the ends down for me and it was kind of sentimental even if my joints were crap.
This one turned out better, though it’s got plenty of flaws. I’ll probably make another box just to practice dovetails again soon. This one, though, is simply done. Before February even. Holds ornaments. Couldn’t ask for much more.