delight in the details

For those of us who love process it is easy to obsess over details. I’ve lost count of the number of conversations with my wife that I have led off by saying,

“What do you think about this _______”

Nearly all of these conversations end with glazed eyes because she knows two things:

1.) I will do what I want anyway

2.) I won’t stop obsessing until I’ve found the thing I’m looking for


After finishing the school chest I did the usual dance with details over the escutcheon for the keyhole. I had a very nice escutcheon from Horton Brasses which I will most certainly use in the future, but it felt too big for this project. I went back to the drawing board, and to Etsy, and to eBay, but nothing really struck my fancy (or seemed like a price any reasonable human would pay) so I came back around to Lee Valley and this:


The escutcheon itself did not come with pins, but they rarely do. Luckily, I’ve inherited a million of these in my grandfather’s “small parts” drawers and it wasn’t hard to tack on a match.


As I’m already quoting conversations with my wife, I should also give her credit for asking the following question upon seeing the finished box: “How do you pick it up?”

Our young apprentice Thomas doesn’t fix any kind of handles to the chest for some reason, but it seemed like a worthwhile idea to me so I ordered a nice set of iron chest lifts from Lee Valley.



You could easily use something more delicate and change the whole look of the thing, but I liked the heft that these added to the design. What I did not like were the screws that came with them. They were too long to begin with, but they were also Phillips head and I prefer the look of slotted screws.


I found some new old stock #9 blued steel round head screws and they completed the look.



Maybe that’s a lot of sound and fury over nothing, but to me details like these are cover by which I instinctively judge the book and nothing is better than getting these just right.




5 thoughts on “delight in the details

  1. I was already thinking that you should give this beauty to one of the ladies in your family… And now that you’ve admitted to torturing your wife on a regular basis, I think the recipient ought be even more obvious 😃


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