Yesterday I finished up my fine woodworking fundamentals course. There were exactly two projects in this class (aside from doing a practice set of dovetail joints), a picture frame and a box. I'm not publishing the picture frame because it's very plain and uninteresting.
I made the box to fit the letter opener I finished in September. The finger joints reminded me of masonry, so it's obviously inspired by West Asian architecture, particularly the palaces of Persepolis.
This was a good class for learning the use of the major standing equipment and how to get the greatest precision in fit. Most of the work is (if you do it correctly) done on the planer, table saw and routing table, machines with which I was totally unfamiliar before. It also gave me a chance to get started on a handful of personal projects which I can finish up over the summer.