|Project by KnickKnack||posted 11-13-2014 12:35 PM||2679 views||8 times favorited||11 comments|
A note in my “little brown book of ideas” from 18 months ago says ”Levitation – a box that appears to float”.
Since then I’ve regularly spent a few hours every now and then, sometimes sweating, sometimes shivering, wondering how to take the idea from words into reality.
5 weeks ago I decided that I just needed to “keep at it”, and resolved to make nothing else until I’d solved the problem and made the sawdust. Many times, facing the seemingly impossible challenge, I almost gave up and went on to something else. But I persevered and eventually came up with this.
To be sure, it’s a confusing piece (which, obviously, was part of the the intent) – a few people have seen it and they all immediately look underneath to see what’s going on. How to remove the top presents another challenge – despite it being obvious that it doesn’t rotate, that’s what people try to do.
I can’t help smiling whenever that happens!
Technically I was pretty gobsmacked at how well it all went.
It’s a 100% wrap around box with floating tenons made on my most excellent 45° router jig – I didn’t want the eye to be confused with visible splines…
At the end of each day (this was 5 days in construction since I’ve found if I work too long in a single day I get careless, so it’s 4 hours a day maximum) I’d assess progress and plot for the next day. Usually this is an analysis of what went wrong. However on this project it simply wasn’t – I’d just smile and cross my fingers that I didn’t mess it up the next day.
The open mortises (I think that’s what they are) are as perfect as anything I’ve ever made – they pushed firmly together – no mallet, no wobble, no clamps required when gluing them together, which they all did at 90° without gaps. I know this is bread and butter work to most of you out there in lumberland, but this was pretty much a first for me. The BBQ stick dowels, although real, are purely for decoration.
All in all this went amazingly well.
Jatobá wrap-around box. Ash lid. Dumpster-rescued oak, aggressively fumed and sanded back just a little to reveal some highlighting. Mahogany (or sapele, this was another dumpster rescue) plate.
Finished with linseed oil.
290mm x 180mm x 160mm high.
-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."