|Project by Elyasaf Shweka||posted 07-30-2015 01:03 PM||2386 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
A simple project with some insights.
Walnut and spruce, 45X45 mm.
Finish – 2 coats of rustin’s danish oil.
My parents got a new backgammon set, on the occasion of their 50th(!) anniversary. Since my dad’s vision is recently impairing, i wanted to make him a jumbo-size dice set, so he could see the dots without an effort.
The project is pretty much straight forward, and it took only a few hours from the first idea until I was holding the finished die in my hand:
solid walnut, planning, cutting and sanding, marking holes (paper template), drilling (5mm depth), gluing the dowels, cutting flush, trimming the edges, final sanding, oil finish.
I would prefer using a maple dowel instead of spruce, but its not available at the local stores here, and i figured that making a costume dowel would be too much effort with only a slight improvement (lighter color)
Does it work? well, I honestly don’t know. no one never tried. and this led me to some thoughts about my woodworking in general:
Truth is I wasn’t really expecting these to actually “work”. I believe that although improving and helping my dad’s vision is a noble thing, showing him that we constantly worry and care about him is important no less.
I am aware that the precision is not sufficient to get a real randomized result. In addition, since the cube is solid and not glued, every face is different (face grain, end grain, long grain), and every face also differ in weight, depending on the number of dowels that are inserted. Also, The dice won’t roll well due to the ratio between their size and the round edges. I guess that bigger radius would give better results.
Fact is that no one even consider to roll them. it looks too nice to throw. they would probably end up as a thingy to put on the coffe table, a conversation piece. I encountered the same “problem” with my cutting boards. Until now I made about 50 end grain cutting boards, half of them I sold and half I gave away as presents. As far as i know, there is not even one costumer that really uses it as a heavy duty cutting board. most put it to display, and the others that “dare” to try and actually cut on it, stop after the first cutting marks show up.
So, as a very practical guy, if practicalness is not what I am looking for in my wood working, what is? its been about 2 years since i started wood working in my own private workshop at home. i narrowed down to make only high-end solid-wood objects, small in size. I guess I am mainly looking for the “wow” effect. to hear someone say ‘wow’ when he first sees it. to make it look so tactile that touching the object is unavoidable.
during the last 2 years, i had many thoughts on why someone should pay 200$ on a cutting board, while you can get really nice ones at ikea for 1/10 of the price. i guess that the answer is somewhat related to that. the ability to get excited from an object that is not an electronic gadget. the warm feeling of the natural material, the texture, the bright lively colors, and so on.
Sorry that I got carried away. if you made it till here – thank you for your time :)
-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.