Why and What Next?
Next with my project I plan to add some finishing touches. There are still a few spots that could use a little more sanding to ensure that all sides are perfectly smooth and flush. On the inside of the box is some pencil marks from construction that I need to go in with some hand sand paper to get rid of. Once this is done I would like to add dividers to the inside of the box and felt the bottom. Once this is done I can finish all the sides with Linnseed oil, this will give the wood an even nicer look and feel. Since I only have one final this can all be done during finals week since I will have plenty of free time and the woodshop should be relatively empty.
Original Project Intent vs. What I Ended Up With
My project ended up being much more of just a box then a jewelry box. I think that this is even better though and my mom will be able to use it for a variety of things. I am very happy with how the box joints came out and I learned lots while constructing them. I am happy with my final result but know that if I were to do the project again I could have done an even better job. This makes me excited because I am sure that I will have the opportunity to build many more boxes over my lifetime.
The public reacted well to my box, like I expected they were very interested in the construction of the box joints. I feel the public was impressed with my box and enjoyed talking to me about my ideas and my construction process.
Reflection on Semester
This semester I learned a lot. Aesthetics is not something that I have thought about for a long time beyond the simple “That looks terrible” statement. The thing that I feel I learned the most about was perspective and promoting different feelings based on aesthetics. For example using different colors to promote feelings of things like: sleek, mean, aggressive, light.
What Will I do next with the Project?
I plan to make the final adjustments to my box and then gift it to my mom for mother’s day!!
What Do I wish I have done Differently:
I wish that I had planned my box joints out better so the construction wouldn’t have been so difficult. I wish that I had started the project earlier.