With the front panel redesigned to be flatter and less delicate in order to accommodate a drop-front on the chest, carving commenced. I picked a piece of mahogany because I liked its color, and I’ve struggled ever since with changing grain direction. Every quarter inch or so, the direction takes a reverse turn, and I’ve learned a lot about wood selection and reading the grain for carving. It’s been a challenge, but I finally finished the front and two side panels. I’m going to take a break from carving and build the chest, leaving the top panel for last.