I naturally enjoy seeing other furnituremakers’ work, and one thing I have noticed, is that a number of the ones I have been looking at lately are using large curvey legs on tables, stands, and chests. So I have been playing around with some drawings of furniture with these types of legs. And low and behold, something appeared! It looked like the Hebrew letter “Ches”, and thus a germ of and idea came to me. Instead of making a Highboy, I would make a “Chai-boy” The top and legs would combine to form the Ches, and I would make a bandsaw box and attach it to the left side to make Chai!
So, first things first. What’s a Highboy?
A tallboy is a piece of furniture incorporating a double chest of drawers and a wardrobe on top. A highboy is similar but consists of both upper and lower having drawers, many of which may not be doubled, and some of which were tripled. A lowboy, is a table-height set of drawers designed to hold a clothes chest, which was and had been the predominant place one stored clothes for many centuries.
Now, what does the hebrew word Chai look like? The word for “life” in Hebrew is “chai.” The two Hebrew letters that make up the word “chai” are ches and yud. In Gematria (the numerical value of Hebrew letters), chai is equivalent to 8 and yud is equivalent to 10. So “chai”, ches and yud together, equals 18.
Here’s the plan, put a set of drawers within the Ches, and make a bandsaw box out of the yud. How am I going to do all this? I am going to document the whole process in the “In Yaakov’s Workshop” catagory. Subscribe and what the magic happen!
Where do you find inspiration?