"Locked In"

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Project by KnickKnack posted 05-11-2015 04:14 PM 1905 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I dedicate this project to Triumph1, the freedom expressed in whose work has always been an inspiration to me.

What can I say.
The idea originated from the very simple “3 level” feet at the side, but I’ve still (will it never end?) got this thing going about things being confusing, and handles not being handles, and boxes looking like they’re sealed.
It took me several weeks of “space staring” to work out the very simple way of hiding the hinges and the single bar across the top to “lock” it – you can, in fact, life it up and it doesn’t open. But, as you can see in the pictures, if you hing the correct side open a little you can, indeed, open the box.

To avoid injury I have set myself the following rule, which I stick to – ”If you make a mistake, you stop for that session”. Well, there were days, a lot of them, when I got about 5 minutes work done before, bam, mistake, and I had to stop.
There’s a level of precision in here that’s pretty unusual for me – I spend a lot of time on my projects thinking “what if…?”, and planning such that if, for example, I cut something too long, it doesn’t matter. But the dowels for the hinges had to be right, the width of the box had to be right, the slots in the horizontal legs (can a leg be horizontal?) on which the box sits had to be right.
Quite amazingly it all came out OK in the end.

For those interested in such things, some construction pictures follow…

You see there’s no veneer on here yet – normally I’d have liked to do it first, but I had to stretch the veneer to make it fit anyway (mistake – measured the veneer wrongly in the first place)

After several days thinking about how I was actually going to construct it, I decided to put on those horizontal feet first.

Fumed oak, ash, beech, jatobá, lacewood veneer.
The box bit is 220mm long, 120mm high, 110mm
Linseed oil finish.

-- "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 05-11-2015 04:32 PM

A cool looking project. Way to look outside the box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 05-11-2015 05:53 PM

Yes, a very interesting project!

... it makes you think, etc. as if looking at a Painting… :)


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

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#3 posted 05-11-2015 05:53 PM

“If you make a mistake stop for the session.” A good rule to follow. I step back, take a coffee break. Think about it and start again. If I screw up again …”I’m outta there!”

I believe this is uniquely you! Thanks for posting the details.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 05-11-2015 07:05 PM

That is crazy-cool!

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

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#5 posted 05-11-2015 07:15 PM

Ingenius way of looking at box making.

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Jim Sellers

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#6 posted 05-11-2015 09:48 PM

cool function and quite a work of art.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#7 posted 05-11-2015 11:08 PM

Ok, you got me to scratch my head. I see how the right side piece rotates away from the top rod but it doesn’t seem to be enough to make the lid rotate the way it does from the left side. “Lacewood” I am not sure I have heard of that but I like it. The rods on the bottom integrate with the other pieces very well as if to be interlocking and supporting of the box. Very nice. Thank you.

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

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#8 posted 05-11-2015 11:57 PM

Great thought process. I really like the intricacies. I’m sure Jeff will too.
I can say that at first glance, before I read your name….. I thought of him.
I think he will be smiling like a proud uncle when he sees this.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Chris McDowell

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#9 posted 05-12-2015 12:50 AM

Interesting project. I like your rule of stopping if you mess up. Not sure I’d ever get any projects done, haha!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#10 posted 05-12-2015 06:59 AM

Ok, you got me to scratch my head. I see how the right side piece rotates away from the top rod but it doesn t seem to be enough to make the lid rotate the way it does from the left side.
- danoaz

If you simply forget about the “locking” (right-hand) side – it’s just a box lid rotating on a long stick.
The long stick is just exactly the right size, given the slight contours on its end, and the slight contours in the hole on the other rotating piece, to slot enough to lock. The bit protruding out on that side is faux.

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

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#11 posted 05-12-2015 12:14 PM

That is realy box outside the box. Awsome project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 05-12-2015 01:04 PM

Nice piece of work here. Unique, well built and a very interesting design. Thanks for posting.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#13 posted 05-12-2015 01:08 PM

That has to be one of the most unusual and interesting designs that I have seen, Knicknack. Congratulations and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 05-12-2015 01:34 PM

Roger…this is one cool box. It took me a while to figure out the locking mechanism but that is the neat thing about it…your box makes people sit and think. I also really like how the box portion seems to be floating in the center of the overall design. I thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures of the process too.

Well Paul was pretty spot on. The fact that you find my work inspiring and you dedicated this box to me puts a huge smile on my face. All I can say is thank you Roger…and keep coming up with the cool “out of the box” designs…I promise I will.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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