As I look back I realize that before we went to China and took up photography as a sort of hobby, we had not taken pictures of many of the projects that I built. And even where we had a picture of the finished project we didn't take the in-process photo records that you see for many of my metalworking projects. In future I'll try to be sure to do that, but for now I'll just show a couple of pictures that I have handy right now.
I built two of these cabinets as gifts for my sister-in-law on the birth of her twins. The tops converted from changing-tables to dressers. Her kids now being 18, I got to reclaim one of them for our office.
And here's another early project: a pair of mahogany desks that we used in our home office for the last couple of decades. They recently took up abode with my sister-in-law who is putting them to good use, while we are using a pair of long tables that I also built but don't have any photos of.
When my boss' son was born back in 1992, I made this rocking horse for him out of a pallet that a large CNC machine was delivered on. The main runners of this pallet were some 8x12" red oak timbers. After resawing and planing, this beautiful wood emerged from the oil soaked pallet.
The mane and tail are extra heavy carpet yarn individually knotted to prevent little hands from pulling it out, the eyes are glass from the taxidermist, and the ears are leather. My ex-boss took these photos in 2011. After 19 years and teaching two children to ride, it still looks like the day I made it. Hopefully it will be put to good use with the grandchildren.
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