Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 3, Issue 4
March 2009
Patricia's Bridal Cabinet

Editor's Note: The following is the first article in a series of three. Look for the second instalment in an upcoming woodworking newsletter.

Master woodworker Toshio Odate, shown carving Patricia's bridal cabinet.
Master woodworker Toshio Odate, shown carving Patricia's bridal cabinet.

Several years ago, my cousin-in-law Patricia (Pat) moved into a new house. She was satisfied and enjoyed living in it; however, one day Pat said, sighing, "I do not miss the old house but I very much miss the display cabinet." In her former home, she had a little built-in display cabinet that a friend of mine had made for her. In this house, as the years progressed and the children grew older, some walls were pushed out to enlarge certain rooms, others were totally gutted to make new additions. As a result, wall shapes and sizes were not uniform, and materials and colors were inconsistent. The cabinet was not fancy and the wood was not too special, but it fit right into the room. The interior of the new house, on the other hand, was well designed and the ceilings, walls, and floors were clean and well finished.

I had intended to make something small for the new house as a gift, but, like many other people, I could not find the time. When I met my friend who had made the little cabinet, the conversation came around to Pat and her husband Howie and their new house. Naturally, I mentioned how much she missed the cabinet, and immediately he said he would make one for her as a gift for her new home. I was delighted and told Pat about the good news. She was, of course, very happy.

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