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Shop Remodel #9: Look Ma, I made a square.

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 12-02-2015 01:42 AM 1049 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is only Tuesday and I am tired. I have been feeling under the weather lately, but I made some decent progress today. I put the saw till aside for now and will get back to it when I am ready to carve the next piece as well in the interest of efficiency. I worked up a piece of Paruvian Walnut that had been sitting in the back of the shop for the case top and bottom of the tool cabinet. I chose to do it next as I wait for my bench hardware to arrive. I could have definitely used a moxon vise today, but patience grasshopper.

I took some licence with the saw till frame, but the tool cabinet has a look that I worked on for quite a while so I am going to try to stick with it as much as I can.
The dovetails I have been doing on the cases are very thin and require a tight knife to get in there to mark for the cuts. I had heard somewhere that a leftover hacksaw blade makes a nice knife as it is hardened steel. I found one and took it to the grinder in haste and I might go back and make a nice one if I can find a feral for it, but the blade worked great.

That’s the problem with this, I need to have a cut off point for tools at some point, I can try to accommodate future purchases a bit by leaving some open spaces in the cabinet, but it is not a black hole to swallow every whimsical tool build or purchase. I am not building a H.O. Studley chest here by any stretch (which has been my desktop background for years, but I would like to know where the tools are going and fit them as economically as I can.
The case turned out to be 38”x38” on the inside which is big and should give me lots of room to play with. I will do my best to lay everything out tomorrow and try to assemble it with functionality in mind, but you know me… I wouldn’t mind throwing in something crazy just to mess with you guys ;) The inside of the cabinet should be as captivating as the rest of the pieces. I don’t want to do all this and then open the cabinet to see a tetris cube of boring-ness. I have a few ideas to make it fun, but I really need to set everything out to see if I have the wiggle room to be “artsy fartsy again. It should make for a fun day as I get to collect all of my favorite tools from around the shop and display the collection I have massed over the years. I will be sure to take some pictures and share them tomorrow.
So as the title of today’s post goes… “Look Ma, I made a square.”
Dovetails are the picture of tedium.

Ha! I just realized that I put it in there upside down for the pictures. Funny, not that it would look any different.

This is too much fun!

-- Brian Noel



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CFrye

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#1 posted 12-02-2015 03:31 AM

Don’t look now, Brian, one of your saws couldn’t wait for the till to be finished. And the clamps are very envious. I’ll have to remember that about hack saw blades. Thanks!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 05:13 AM

Brian, I can’t help but think your work, well at least these pieces, are inspired by Antoni Gaudi. He used organic forms to frame and shape rigid structures.

I’m not sure if those are the final mounting places for the cabinets, but I wish the saw till wasn’t jammed up against the door. I’d like to see a frame around that door that complements everything else your doing here.

Looking great!

Oh here's an intro on Gauidi. (picked at random from the nets)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#3 posted 12-02-2015 09:47 AM

sweet work,,,,

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-02-2015 01:18 PM

Thanks builtinbkyn, I am very influenced by the works that took place at the turn of the century in Europe with works from Gaudi, Guimard, Majorelle etc. It must have been a very exciting time to be in with the industrial revolution giving rise to new inventions daily and the artisans of the world doing what they could to rebel against it’s mass production of products with amazing hand crafted works that show an organic flow to man made objects. To an extent the same revolution took place all over the world, in America it was the arts and crafts movement which I like, but it is the organic sculpting of the Art Nouveau and Modernista movements that really get me pumped.
I don’t think I am going to frame the door in the same style as the pieces, I think I am going to use blue pine to match the rest of the shop. These cabinets are to be my last, but the shop is not my last.

-- Brian Noel

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builtinbkyn

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#5 posted 12-02-2015 04:58 PM

Ah Hector Guimard. Should have seen it. The till frame more closely resembles the Metro signage in Paris.

There were very strong opinions in school, on the various schools of architecture. The modernists were not fans of the decorative styles. Personally I appreciate them all, though I’m more of a modernist myself. The debates of modern vs post modern were pretty heated. Art Nouveau was even further criticized by the purists. Adler & Sullivaan, HH Richardson and Wright – The Chicago School, and in particular Wright’s Prairie style, inspired my design sensibilities.

You may want to check out the works of Paolo Soleri. He was the modern day version of the the architects you have interest in.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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bearkatwood

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#6 posted 12-03-2015 02:54 AM

If I could travel in time I would like to go back and see the rooms in the 1900 Paris Worlds Fair Exhibit. The pictures of the chairs and architecture in those modeled rooms made a big impact on me. I have always liked art nouveau, when I started woodworking I learned what I could through videos by Maloof and Frid. I made many of my first pieces in the style of Maloof and I enjoy it, but I would love to make my work with a nouveau flair, I just didn’t know how to accomplish it. I think I am “coming into my won” in terms of woodworking style and I am looking forward to what I come up with. If I could travel to see any piece of architecture I would love to see The Hotel Tassel in Brussels by Victor Horta, it embodies the Art Nouveau feel to me.
Thanks for all your comments.

-- Brian Noel

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