After completing the bar cart, I was married in the Orthodox church. As a result, my wife and I had wedding crowns from the service that we wanted to display. I created a shadowbox from curly cherry wood, and with a foam-paddedblack velvet lining. I did not stain the wood and used garnet shellac for the finish hoping that the cherry would age over time. As you can see, the color turned out more of a golden color and is not yet the typical color of cherry.
My next project was to create a bookcase for my infant’s room that would grow with him. I decided to use solid oak for the construction and glued up panels for the casing and the shelves. I used plywood paneling for the back to save a lot of time an materials. I added lots of details into the bookcase in the construction such as shop-made louldings, stepped dentil moulding, rosettes and fluting. I finished the bookcase in mahogany stain and applied a semi-gloss polyurethane finish.
The final project in this section was a very small project for my son. His theme was yellow, gray, and elephants in his room. I wanted to build him a traditional toy and thought about a rocking horse. However, since the theme was elephants, I modified the typical design and made my own with an elephant. After drawing out the design on cardboard, I cut the pieces from plywood and painted them in yellow and gray. He’s not big enough yet to use it but it has been tested out by his older cousin and she loved it!