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Project by KnickKnack posted 12-26-2014 04:43 PM 3132 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The underlying original idea here was simple – “lid of box appears to float”.
Of course, over a 3 week period of designing, things got a bit carried away, and I ended up with this.
I wanted it to appear that the lid was fixed in position, so I spent hours and hours before I eventually came up with this solution to that particular problem – obvious? Well, of course it is.
The oak was fumed before I cut the holes – the idea being to get some difference in colour where the “frankenrods” joined – fine idea – it just hasn’t actually worked.

It has, however, being quite pleasing to see the consternation on people’s faces when they first see it – they seem frightened to touch it (since it looks fragile?), and don’t really know where to start to open the lid – all those “faux” dowels and hinges provide the confusion – mission accomplished.

It might have been fun to make, and some of it was, but the 8mm dowel turned out to be 8.2mm, and the 8mm drill bit turned out to be 7.9mm, so that was a hassle. And my 50 euro drill press is worth, well, about 50 euros, so the bits don’t really go exactly where I tell them to – but that’s just me blaming my tools (although with some justification, your honour).
Did I enjoy sanding between the 6 coats of oil?

Ash, fumed oak, beech – linseed oil finish.
280mm wide, 210mm high, 250mm high.

-- "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 12-26-2014 05:13 PM

The scale of your projects always takes me by surprise as I tend to think of them as being about twice as big than what they are. Having your shop-cat in the picture helps and so maybe the scale is one of the things that makes people think of as being delicate. Your use of the protruding dowels does indeed present the question of, “What will happen if I pull this one out?”. I am not sure you are doing it consciously or not, but you seem to have a fixated rhythm of two’s going on. Two dowels close to one another; the front and back protruding out the sides which distinguishes them; the two verticals with two horizontals legs, etc. And then the biggest mystery is that it appears that the top doesn’t close, but instead hovers over the body in wait. If your goal was to make people cock their head to one side and wonder – you have succeeded. Well done.

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

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#2 posted 12-26-2014 08:45 PM

Great design! And yes, the cat does add perspective- for some reason, the box seems like it would be bigger. Maybe we just subconsciously percieve all the effort that went into it!

-- -Tim

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 08:45 PM

Cool Hinge! :)

Nice Joinery! :)

Really Thinking Outside of the Box, I’d say. :)


Happy New Years!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 12-27-2014 03:53 AM

Only one thing more. Wheels! LOL! You truly have a warped , and creative mind! Hope Christmas was good and your New Year is better!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 12-27-2014 06:03 AM

Hi there. I have come across your work here and I must say that I am amazed by some of the projects you shared… I have only started my woodworking adventure this year but looking at work like yours is something that keeps me going hoping that one day I will be able to do simillar work… anyway just wanted to say that you should never stop doing this because it is more of an art rather that skill when it comes to judging your items…

-- Marcin in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK

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#6 posted 12-27-2014 02:27 PM

a super imaginative concept and design.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 12-27-2014 02:34 PM

That is way cool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 12-28-2014 12:06 AM

I love all of your work and the way you think outside the box. (hah, I made a joke!).
You have a great imagination and the ability to put it into your work.
By the way, what is “fumed oak”? That’s a new one on me.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#9 posted 12-28-2014 01:38 AM

Uncle Stumpy,

Fumed Oak is the use of an ammonia fuming inside an enclosed bag or tent. used with original green and green furniture.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 12-29-2014 08:06 AM

WOW! It’s realy something! Never seen something like this before.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 12-29-2014 09:06 AM

Thanks to everyone for their kind comments.
Truly this site is a source of constant inspiration and encouragement to me.

Best wishes to everyone in 2015

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

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#12 posted 01-18-2015 07:13 AM

very interesting project you’ve got there… thanks for posting, the story was very interesting to read…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#13 posted 01-29-2015 07:14 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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