I started making this box the day after my daughter Ruthie was born. She surprised us and came 6 weeks early! I guess she was eager to get here. I was in the middle of a big project and needed a break to think about my new life as a dad and the daughter I suddenly had. I thought about Ruthie the whole time I worked on it and wondered when I might give it to her – I’m thinking I’ll wait until she has something besides her dolls and her blankie to put inside it!
I wanted to experiment with end-grain veneers, so I found a nice piece of Teak that had subtle variations in grain pattern that I felt I could use to create a random-looking pattern. I cut the end-grain veneers on the tablesaw and fit them together one-at-a-time until I had sheets of veneer. The interior is shop-sawn Cypress veneers . It smells fantastic when you open it! Shellac and wax finish.