A request came in for a custom piece, for a parent’s 70th birthday. A concept sketch was provided, showing three shelves that would hold figurines (two on the top shelf to represent Mother and Father, second to hold one for each of the children, and the bottom to one for each of the grand-kids.
The initial idea was to have the backer material totally fretwork – during construction the request came in to make the backer one solid piece, with the flexibility to replace it with fretwork at some future date. As such, at any time the finished piece can easily be disassembled to replace the backer.
The initial concept drawing is shown below.