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"Disturbia III - Pas de Deux"

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Project by KnickKnack posted 132 days ago 1382 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I seem to move from one obsession to another – at the moment, I’m fascinated by triangles – and this is the latest (publishable) result.

Take plank of wood – in this case ash.
Chop into 2 planks.
Chop each of those along the diagonal to make 2 triangles.
“Bend” the triangles.
Glue together.
How hard could that be?

Well, for me, that all proved quite challenging – there’s a “how square is square” forum thread going on elsewhere – what I learned is that only square is actually square – the slightest fraction of non-square and things just don’t join together properly.

I realised from the very inception of this design that there are some potentially serious wood movement issues here, and I resisted making it for a long time. But, in the end, I figured I’d give it a go – the worst that can happen is that it falls apart. It’s not very big, which helps. And everything is joined together with some serious splines – full-length, double, 6mm beech splines that were a snug fit. The hat wouldn’t put them together, and only one needed a bit of mallet tapping.
Time will tell.

Ash with rottenstone highlights.
Top is 23cm, or 36cm, or 41cm, depending where you measure, 26cm high.
Finish with Linseed oil followed by Danish oil.

(In case anyone is following – “Disturbia II” is proving to be so disturbing that I can only work on it for about 10 minutes at a time before my head starts to hurt and I have to put it back in a box.)

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 132 days ago

I like the continuation of the grain down the legs. Very interesting.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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deon

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#2 posted 132 days ago

Interesting design. (Looks like chestnut to me)

-- Dreaming patterns

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jaykaypur

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#3 posted 132 days ago

Nice job on the design and build.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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freddy1962

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#4 posted 132 days ago

Very creative.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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aussiedave

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#5 posted 132 days ago

Very nice table and I really like the design….great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

#6 posted 132 days ago

Why is my head hurting, too?Don

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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danoaz

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#7 posted 132 days ago

Looking down on the top I wonder what thoughts you had about grain pattern in relation to each other. The ash has an interesting thing going on with the wide grain and then the tight grain. I almost thought it was oak but then I am not very good with distinguishing wood types. The angling of the legs to a point give it some motion from a side view that I think provides interest from a normal static table design. Well done, sir.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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steve_in_ohio

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#8 posted 132 days ago

very interesting design, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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OldWolfsWoodShop

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#9 posted 132 days ago

Very cool, maybe a little “disturbed” :)

-- Making Sawdust is great stress relief... www.oldwolfswoodshop.ca

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KnickKnack

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#10 posted 132 days ago

deon said: Looks like chestnut to me
danoaz said: I almost thought it was oak…

It really is ash, here it is during an early trial fit…

The rottenstone grain highlighting makes all the difference, and was one of the main reasons I chose ash.
I used the same technique a while ago on this project.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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michelletwo

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#11 posted 132 days ago

a very interesting build..and visually interesting too.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Kookaburra

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#12 posted 132 days ago

Definitely an eye catching project! It IS quite small though – do you have plans for using it or was it primarily a design inspiration?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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KnickKnack

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#13 posted 132 days ago

Kookaburra said: It IS quite small though do you have plans for using it or…

It’s for use, to be sure – a small side table, methinks.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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gamygeezer

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#14 posted 132 days ago

I can see why you might be concerned about movement, but if you used sliding dovetails and only glued toward the center? Butterfly splines? Actually, I don’t know what I’m talking about, but I read those buzz words somewhere. I really like the table, seems like it would be worthwhile to do it up big and all. I tried to do some waterfall pieces, but couldn’t figure out how to hide the lag bolts.

Ken

-- What's a vibrant young guy like me doing in a broken down old body like this?

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Woodbridge

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#15 posted 132 days ago

very cool table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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