The shop owner came by about then
and asked if there was anything she could help me with I replied
no, and told her I was just fine.
She said to be sure to
look at the bottoms of the drawers, some of them had labels on
them and walked away. By her manner and tone she was thinking:
Now I started pulling out the
drawers and each of them had a unique story to tell. Many of the
drawer bottoms were made from cigar box lids. Other than a
couple most were different brands. The drawer sides were made
from old crating, dozens of different labels and old writing.
All of this time the price tag was
hanging from one of the small upper drawer knobs, the price
facing in, out of sight. I intentionally avoided turning it
around and looking at it, knowing that owning this thing was
probably going to be out of my reach.
Cheryl walked up and asked if I was
ready to go; the time had flown by. I flipped the price tag
over; $800. It was less than I was expecting but still more than
I could afford. I asked the shop owner if I could take some
photos, snapped several and left.
The rest of that day I could not
get the stupid cabinet out of my head. The pictures I had taken
did not help. Every time I looked thru the photos I saw
something that I had not noticed when looking at the cabinet in
person. The following day Cheryl saw me looking thru the photos
for the umpteenth time and said “You might as well go back and
get it, it’s going to drive you crazy if you don’t”. I hopped in
the truck and headed back to the store before she could think
better of the statement.
I had this feeling all the way to
the antique shop that the hardware cabinet would be gone when I
got there. Luckily, it was not, after some negotiating on the
price and a call to the owner I manage to buy it.
I am going to be building a copy of
this hardware cabinet. So stay tuned for part two; construction
details and cutting 100+ dados!