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Project by KnickKnack posted 03-08-2015 05:39 PM 2240 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is called “Confused” because throughout I didn’t really have the faintest idea what I was going to do next.
When I first started I had a very specific idea – I’d been mulling on it for a week while we were away at the Opera in Düsseldorf, but as soon as I got into the shop it became obvious it wasn’t going to work as I’d originally intended. I still think it’s a good idea – it just needs more work.
I’d also decided, this time out, that I was going to keep a log of exactly what I did, and, more importantly perhaps, how long it all took.
I personally am horrified at the result, especially in the light of what’s come out the end.
Work started on February 23rd.
Actually working the piece – “making sawdust” – 13 hours.
Thinking – this doesn’t include “mulling” time – walking around the shops, watching TV, driving, sitting on a bus, snoozing – this is actual “thinking as a job of work” – 23 hours.
Add to this what I call the “wine hours” – the early evening – work of all forms is finished for the day – and I sit at my desk, with a glass of wine, winding down doing just exactly what I want to do – sometimes I surf, sometimes I write emails – but when I’m in the middle of a project I take pictures of where I’m up to, and look at and think on those – this was a great tip from vipond33 – there were 6 of those hours.

A few construction pictures…
I don’t like working with small pieces, hand-held, so I usually attach them to a jig I made years ago…

When possible, I’ll glue-gun things together, just to see how things are progressing…

Or clamp them…

Angles on the veneer (the bottom veneer angles are, as you can see, different) – I needed to be “clever” in order to maintain rotational symmetry…

It was absolutely critical that the top be size-stable – so I veneered the top and bottom onto thin ply, then glued those to another bit of ply…

Finally – lid made, glue on the legs…

Ash, fumed oak, jatobá, bubinga and unknown veneer.
180mm tall, 125mm square.
Finished with linseed oil.

-- "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 03-08-2015 05:48 PM

Confusing it is…

... you really thought Out of the Box while playing with this one! :)

COOL result…

A definite subject of conversation!!

Thank you!

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

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 05:51 PM

That has a lot of character, Knick Knack. Sometimes it’s a lot of fun to just shove off not exactly knowing where you’re going or where you’re going to end up.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 06:02 PM

I’m not sure why you would be “horrified”. The result is very pretty, and contains some wonderful craftsmanship.

I am curious about what it is intended to be if not just decoration. Do let us know.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 06:13 PM

I am curious about what it is intended to be if not just decoration. Do let us know.
- bobkberg

Well, I guess you can put things in it, so I claim “box”! 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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#5 posted 03-08-2015 06:16 PM

Well designed, original box. Compliments !!!!!!!!

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#6 posted 03-09-2015 12:40 PM

KnickKnack – Clearly you have completed another work of art that meets some amount of satisfaction and not confusion because you have published it for comments. I dare say that some of your prior work would be better suited to the label of “Confusion”. You are letting the wood and shapes speak to you. To minimize confusion, consider developing a philosophy or set of guidelines to help you in your decision making process. For instance, when I do a piece I use a philosophy that the joinery can be expressive. Another is that different types of wood should lock together in some joinery fashion if one is holding up the other rather than just gluing or nailing them together. These types of philosophies or guidelines help guide me and reinforce why something is the way it is. On the other hand, you can also do something that makes no sense whatsoever and it becomes whimsical. I wouldn’t say it is a requirement, but it certainly helps if you are satisfied with the work to a point that you can call it done. With this piece it looks like 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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#7 posted 03-09-2015 12:56 PM

Confused, but very nice, unusual and different then others.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 03-10-2015 11:41 AM

Got me scratchin me head.. Good one.

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

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#9 posted 03-12-2015 11:37 AM

Pretty cool design, I like projects like this.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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