Winter awards 2008 progress report

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Blog entry by Ryan Shervill posted 01-17-2008 05:53 AM 1408 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whew! It’s good to be able to get out of the shop for 15 minutes and stop by and see what everyone is up to! Well, I made some progress over the past couple of days. The box is now COMPLETE! YAY! Just waiting for the final coats of finish to cure, then I get to re-assemble. This box has the most detailed interior I have ever done, and there’s about 8 million pieces to finish…well, maybe not quite 8 million…but enough. The bottom surfaces are done in burgundy ray skin, so all of the components have to be finished then installed. Tedious, but a lot of fun!

The 2X4 entry has turned into my nemesis…...all the bending and softening and laminating is turning out to be VERY time consuming, and far more labour intensive than I ever would have thought. Oh well, the upside is that I get to give all those who say softwoods can’t be steam-bent a great big raspberry, ‘cause I did it! :) . This is one of those “everything that can go wrong will” and “Well…I can start again, it’s only two tries so far…” projects. LOL, it’s testing me, but I will prevail. I WILL finish this project….now it’s personal, and I can’t get beat by a simple 2X4, I have to show it who’s boss.

I am really enjoying this contest, as it gives me a chance to try new things and experiment a little, all while having a “purpose”. Let’s face it, in my normal everyday life, I can’t just up and say: “Hey, I think I spend the next four days seeing how badly I can mangle a 2X4.”

Anyway, thanks for letting me vent a little, I hope to have the box entry done and entered by the weekend, and the 2X4? If things keep going the way they are, it will be last minute for sure.

-- Want to see me completely transform a house? Look here:

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#1 posted 01-17-2008 05:54 AM

Way to keep up up to date. But, still no pictures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-17-2008 05:58 AM

Hey! I did some pictures in the last entry! There’s really not anything to see at this point….just a bunch of little parts. I will get more pics up soon, promise.

-- Want to see me completely transform a house? Look here:

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#3 posted 01-17-2008 06:00 AM

We don’t do good without pictures!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#4 posted 01-17-2008 11:12 AM

In fact, there’s an old LJ adage: “No picture, no project.” Looking forward to seeing it (them).

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#5 posted 01-17-2008 12:29 PM

Okay, when you said, “now it’s personal” I had to laugh because I’ve had so many projects that just seemed to fight back. And you know when it comes down to you or the project, things are going to get intense. I’m eager to see how things end up.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 01-17-2008 02:09 PM

heheeh, I, too, laughed at the “now it’s personal”.
Douglas, I think we need some of your wizardry to immortalize this moment: Ryan and the 2×4—“now it’s personal”

burgundy ray skin: is???

I can’t wait to see this box. It must be super-spectacular, since all of your work is spectacular already.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 01-17-2008 09:14 PM

Ha ha ha…yeah, I never thought I could grow to hate a piece of wood….but this 2X4 is testing me!

Debbie, Burgundy ray skin? Well….it’s skin…from a ray…died burgundy! Stingray leather is super soft and has a really nice texture to it. I had a piece that I bought many moons ago and have been hoarding for that “special project”. I just learned that it won’t be making an appearence in this box afterall…..I’m about 10 square inches short :(

I’ve had to switch to plan “B”, and use a textured burgundy ultrasuede. Sometimes these things happen for a reason though, I think the alternative material is actually going to look/work better.

Cheers everyone,


-- Want to see me completely transform a house? Look here:

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#9 posted 01-20-2008 11:40 AM

have you named your 2×4?? Sounds like you have a personal relationship with it :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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