Things to stuff

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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 03-26-2009 05:38 AM 2711 views 20 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had mentioned previously in a blog of “Things” that things typically, but not always start off in black and white. Maybe they begin as a drawing, or that they simply aren’t clear in our minds. When these things become clear in our minds they typically become clear in color. Our things start as small things. We hold them, turn them, cut them, shape them, give them our attention and love. We strive to care for them as if they were an egg, whereas if dropped it would be damaged, possibly rendering them useless. Those things become things of scrap, kindling, or trash. We can cut our things either by hand or by machine. In this instance the things were cut by machine to size, then shaped by hand to turn them into puzzle things. Put the things together and you get stuff. Stuff that could possibly sit around on a shelf or be used harmoniously, or by some negligently. If we care about our things, our stuff we will put our hearts into them, making them as flawless as possible. Believing that we are human will help us mentally accept the imperfections we will most likely have. Maybe a misscut, missalignment, or an overlooked mistake. We can accept these because we are not machines, and our things are not forgiving when we fumble them. Our visions are not always the same as one anothers. Your things, your stuff may be something unexpected and inspiring. They may also be unemotional, unexceptable, or unbearing. Either way it is your stuff, the things you love brought together to make your vision a reality. Every vision being different. We may accept one anothers vision, we may not. It is called criticism and I certainly welcome it all.
This project is made of Maple, Alder, and Walnut. The drawer is to be pulled out completely and has a tray that can slide or be removed. This drawer will be lined with velvet. The finish is Minwax wipe on poly, 2 coats as of yet and will recieve a third. The dovetails were cut by hand. The base is doweled together. Diminsions are 8w X 12H X 5 1/2 deep total. The handles were shaped by hand. The legs were cut on a scroll saw and then sanded on the oscillating sander. I cut them on the scroll because the bandsaw currently has no power, and I will make due with the tools I have. I respect all comments positive or negative, and welcome words of wisdom as to what I could do to better improve my designs and craftmanship.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 03-26-2009 05:47 AM

Very nice project and well written story!

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#2 posted 03-26-2009 06:33 AM

Very Nice! Love the detail! Great story to go with everything!
Keep up the good work.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 03-26-2009 06:47 AM

Absolutely wonderful : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 03-26-2009 09:03 AM

I believe this is my favorite of your pieces, Keith. Beautiful.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 03-26-2009 09:22 AM

Oh wow, absolutely great job. Like it very much!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#6 posted 03-26-2009 03:03 PM

This is gorgeous. I absolutely love the curved front and the gentle flare of the legs. I’ve been fooling around with a design for a small curved front cabinet and this is inspirational; thanks so much for posting.

-- Chris

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#7 posted 03-26-2009 03:38 PM

Now and then a piece comes along that really inspires me.
This is one of those times.
Your lines and proportions are balanced so well that this piece talks to me.
I really like this one. Did you cooper the doors to get the curve?
This is so my style. May I “steal” your design to incorporate into a box that has been in the black and white stage, just percolating in my pot of ideas for quite some time?
Thank you for this beautiful gift.
Bibb in CO

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#8 posted 03-26-2009 04:32 PM

Beautiful design and execution. The story reflects your creativity, definitely one for my favorites!!

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 03-26-2009 06:37 PM

Always great work as usual from you, looks very nice, and great story.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 03-26-2009 07:53 PM

Black and white, color, ??? It’s all relative. What a cool design! I’m really taken with the handles. The best looking handles I’ve seen in a long time. The piece is fabulous, any size and it would look good. Beautiful!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 03-26-2009 10:20 PM

Sweet! I really like this design & the dovetails coming threw the sides. Great job!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 03-26-2009 10:55 PM

Well done Kolwdwrkr

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 03-27-2009 12:48 AM

Beautiful design and craftsmanship kolwdwrkr. The wood combination is excellent. I’ve used through-pins before on a shelf but not through-dovetails…I like what you’ve done with them.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 03-27-2009 02:44 AM

big wow … bigger wow

I like this very much

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 03-27-2009 03:46 AM

This is another beauty kolwdwrkr. Great design and build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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