Princess Daisy's Throne

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Project by Zonker posted 08-04-2019 01:54 PM 834 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Where to start. Four years ago we lost a dear friend to cancer. Her husband, an accomplished woodworker, decided he needed to honor her by building her casket. With my help we went at the project with everything we had, but were not able to finish it in time. So he buried her in a “store bought” casket, and the unfinished one sat in his workshop for two years, he tried but could not finish it. In fact he couldn’t even look at it. So one day he called me and asked if I would come get it and do whatever with it. He had to let go of it as he couldn’t bear to look at it and had to use the workshop for a paying gig. When I picked it up, he stated that he was giving it to me because I would “do something wonderful with it” (no pressure there). So it sat in my shop for a year and a half. I started to try and make some fireside chairs out of it but my ambition and creativity for that idea died a slow death. I got one end cut off and then just didn’t have the energy/ inspiration to see it through. Enter our dog Daisy. She loves to be near us (in a chair) when we play cards and games with friends at our dining room table. Unfortunately she’s a little big to lay comfortably on a chair. So one day it hit me to modify the false start from the casket project for her. The original structure is cherry veneer plywood trimmed with cherry. The top and bottom are white oak. The handles are oak bannisters turned on two different axis’ to create an offset (see the picture), that is my friends work. They are held in place by walnut brackets. My modifications are the front face frame, legs, wheels (since removed as Daisy prefers a more stable platform), platform and drawer. I capped the exposed end with a pocket hole joined face frame. The platform is a simple piece of plywood on cleats. Legs are store bought turnings, and the drawer is 1/2” ply faced with oak. The cherry, walnut and handles are finished with Watco Danish oil and the oak trim is stained with Minwax Mission Oak. The entire piece has three coats of wipe on poly to finish it off. This is by far the strangest project I’ve ever undertaken. but also very gratifying since I was able to come up with “something wonderful” for an otherwise heartbreaking piece.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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#1 posted 08-04-2019 03:03 PM

Nice job and happy dog. My dog would want a dog bed warmer.

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#2 posted 08-04-2019 06:43 PM

nice reuse. Does the bed go flying when she jumps up on it. I probably would have done 2 wheels to fixed legs to prevent that.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 08-04-2019 08:20 PM

Nice job with creating a special seat for Daisy. The drawer will be handy for treats. :)

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#4 posted 08-05-2019 01:09 AM

Jeff NJ: It used to go rolling accross the floor when entered and exited so I took the wheels off and installed plastic gliders. She is much happier now.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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#5 posted 08-05-2019 02:00 AM

Great re-use of good work and turning it into something that brings joy instead of sadness. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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