A while ago, we did a little shuffling of furniture at home. My wife decided we needed to set the TV on a Seymour mixing-board that I’d built for my first book and kept – the real story, which I’ve often told when speaking to woodworking groups, is that I still have the piece because I was upset (not exactly the word I’d like to use) with a show attendee who was dead set on purchasing it at a significant discount even though money was not an issue. I refused, and packed the piece for the ride home. And yes, it’s still there, thank you very much.
If you’re not familiar with a mixing-board, think sideboard with a marble inset top. Marble was used in place of shellac-finished wood because spilled alcohol – as adult beverages were mixed – would damage the shellac. Not so with the marble.
As I thought out my options – remove the hardware, put small pieces of felt under the bails, bend the bails tighter pinching them to the plates – it dawned on me to simply flip the bails up instead of allowing them to hang down. It worked.
- Think simple first.
- Sell something when you have the opportunity.
- Or maybe it’s build drawers without hardware. There’s a head-scratcher.