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Project by KnickKnack posted 08-08-2014 03:50 PM 3138 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It would be fair to say that, once this idea had popped into my head, I became obsessed with it.
And, try as I might, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Which, frankly, kept doing my head in.
So I decided the only cure was to build it.
So I did.
In small doses I made my drawings.
And in one frantic afternoon I cut all the pieces (with my new super-duper Japanese pull-saw, so I guess this is a “hand tools only” project – a first for me)
A trial fit indicated it might work.
A few more days gluing, which was quite easy in the cosmic scheme of my work since everything is at right-angles (another first for me, I think)...

I think I’m cured of this now, so I can get back to things constructed from triangles.

CCP (cheap crappy pine) – 30mm x 30mm
690mm long, 260mm wide, 230mm high
No finish – I like the feel and look of it as it is.

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





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#1 posted 08-08-2014 04:07 PM

Neat idea. Nice execution.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 08-08-2014 05:20 PM

Sturdy enough to hold a kitty. LOL! I think it’s a great art piece. Have you figured out function? How would the proportions be in a larger size?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 08-08-2014 05:29 PM

How would the proportions be in a larger size?
- DocSavage45

I think it could look pretty amazing at a big size – more crossings, more layers, more levels etc etc.
At dining table size perhaps up the 30mm square to, say 45mm, or perhaps even a little more.

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

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#4 posted 08-08-2014 05:51 PM

I think you have something there. Just my thoughts on dimension changes and proportionality while staying in the original vision might change it somehow?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 06:00 PM

I think you have something there. Just my thoughts on dimension changes and proportionality while staying in the original vision might change it somehow?
- DocSavage45

And there I was thinking I’d finally put paid to my obsession!
I’ve going to have a glass of port, go out for dinner, and hope not to find my mind consumed by the idea of a much larger version! lol

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

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#6 posted 08-08-2014 06:20 PM

Suggestion?

Instead of obsessing, you might build it in 3d space on sketchup? Obsessing suggests angst? Have fun with it. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 08-08-2014 06:30 PM

Very clever, KnickKnack! When I first saw it without anything to suggest the scale, I thought it was a larger piece, like a garden bench. I like the idea of the simple but strong construction. It reminds me of the cribbing house movers use to prop up the house while they’re getting the moving trailer under it.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 08-08-2014 08:11 PM

Very COOL stool!

I had no idea how large it was… I thought it was MUCH LARGER than it was… Thanks to your Cat for size comparison! LOL

Very NICE!

Looks like quite a stool!

COOL design!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#9 posted 08-10-2014 12:44 AM

Great project and glad to see you had the clamps available

-- Norman

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#10 posted 08-10-2014 12:57 PM

Very interesting. The kitty seems very happy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#11 posted 08-10-2014 10:53 PM

I like it but I can’t decide if should be all one color or if it were painted different colors in different ways if that would improve it or take away from it. I could see something like this with taller legs to become a side table with a piece of glass on it. Very nice. Thanks.

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

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#12 posted 08-13-2014 08:44 AM

danoaz said…
I like it but I can’t decide if should be all one color or if it were painted different colors in different ways if that would improve it or take away from it. I could see something like this with taller legs to become a side table with a piece of glass on it. Very nice. Thanks.

Thanks.
I considered paint or stain – it is, after all, doffing its cap at Rietveld’s red/blue – in the end I decided not – it was something of an experimental piece and I just wanted to quickly see how it came out.
I also agonized about whether or not to expose dowel joints – again I decided not.
I think there’s quite a lot of potential for all kinds of shapes, sizes etc etc – some asymmetrical ideas could be fun too.
I’m working on a triangular piece at the moment, but I may revisit “jenga” furniture again – it was a quick, fairly easy, fun build. I wasn’t sure I liked it much when I’d finished it, but it’s sat at the top of the stairs for a week or so now, and I pass it quite a lot – it’ growing on me.

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

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