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"Strength In Numbers"

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Project by KnickKnack posted 10-22-2015 10:50 AM 1686 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was sitting in my workshop working on another design – just doodling really.
Outside it was Wild with a capital W and I saw the trees bending in the wind – and an idea popped into my head – that a lot of small, pretty feeble things could perhaps, in quantity, become pretty strong.
Well, as is my won’t I became somewhat obsessed with how I might capture that in a piece, and my mind wouldn’t let it go – no matter how I tried to get back to thinking about what I was “supposed” to be thinking about, it kept returning to this theme.
In the end I gave in and decided the only way to exorcise it from my mind so I could get on with my life was to make it, so, after a few days trying to work out how to do it, I did, and this is the result – ”Strength In Numbers”.

I did some experiments in highlighting the stick joins on the top – a paste made of very fine sawdust and glue worked well…

The dots around the edges are done with the same technique, except using rottenstone – I tried dying the sawdust, but the stain tended to bleed into the surrounding wood, which I didn’t want. I used a countersink to hollow out the surroundings a bit, and, having spent the best part of 2 days inserting sticks, I superglued them into place and sanded them down flush…

So – the verdict…?

Well – the “numbers” bit was always going to be a bit of a gimme – inquiring minds might want to know how many sticks there are – a lot.
As for the “Strength” – well – the table top does move very slightly (no triangles) if you put your hand on it and try, which is sort of interesting – but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to actually bend or break – so I think “Strength” gets the tick.
All that said, I can’t say as I really like it – “interesting” – yes – pretty – not really.
But them’s the rubs.

Plywood and 3mm BBQ sticks.
50cm x 33 cm x 29 cm high.
Finished with Linsed 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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Redoak49

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#1 posted 10-22-2015 11:37 AM

I agree it is unique and shows a lot of patience.

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#2 posted 10-22-2015 01:30 PM

I’d hate to be the one who was to dust that thing!

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood

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KnickKnack

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#3 posted 10-22-2015 04:35 PM


I’d hate to be the one who was to dust that thing!
- Bob Areddy

As Quentin Crisp once famously said – “after the third year, the dust doesn’t get any worse”

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

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#4 posted 10-22-2015 04:37 PM

Unique and interesting.
I enjoyed your description of the mental process you went through to complete the project.

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#5 posted 10-22-2015 05:39 PM

This really caught my eye just because of its appearance!
A really wild design and an enlightening development process!

In my opinion, some questions still remain:
  1. What number of sticks is the optimal amount?
  2. If some the sticks were at angle would that eliminate/reduce the movement?
  3. Are any of the “vertical” sticks actually required?

Just ”food” for your next ”wild night”!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 10-22-2015 06:11 PM

What a Tedious job that must have been!

Are the holes large enough so the Sticks can go through them… so you just put the sticks in from Top or Bottom to get installed? Otherwise, it would be almost impossible to put those sticks in… starting in the middle & working your way out… I would not want to make that Fight to get them installed.

... and prefinished too… like how would finish them after the fact? :)

Awesome… You must have nerves of steel…

COOL project though… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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KnickKnack

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#7 posted 10-22-2015 06:37 PM

What a Tedious job that must have been!

Are the holes large enough so the Sticks can go through them… so you just put the sticks in from Top or Bottom to get installed? Otherwise, it would be almost impossible to put those sticks in… starting in the middle & working your way out… I would not want to make that Fight to get them installed.

... and prefinished too… like how would finish them after the fact? :)

Awesome… You must have nerves of steel…

COOL project though… :)

- Joe Lyddon

Well – the holes are 3mm.
The sticks, sadly, aren’t exactly “haute qualité” – some are too loose to be usable – some are 3 or a shade under, and some are a little more – I guess they figure an exact dimension isn’t important for barbecuing.
The ones a little over had to be sanded down a little – towards the end I could actually tell the difference, by sight, between a 3 and a 3.1 mm stick! Some went in through and through, some went in a chunk one end and then got “pulled back” into the opposing hole. And some broke and had to be extracted. As I said, it took a while.

As for the finishing – I considered pre-finishing, but I didn’t want oil in the holes since I thought that would stop the glue sticking properly, so it was, in fact, post finished – a range of tools – a toothbrush, cloth wrapped on a chopstick, bending up through the bottom holes.
But that was easy in comparison to the sanding between those 5 coats of 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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#8 posted 10-22-2015 06:57 PM

A work of art, for sure. It’s undoubtedly quite strong vertically, but if you apply any horizontal or twisting force, all bets are off. Which is no criticism, just a caution. Place a delicate vase etc. on top of it so someone doesn’t decide to sit on top of it. ;-)

-- Cheers -- g

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#9 posted 10-22-2015 07:45 PM

That’s really cool! For some reason, I see a cat trying to go through it like a maze. lol

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com

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#10 posted 10-22-2015 08:06 PM

All those little bamboo skewers should be pretty strong together. Well done. I wonder if it could support a lot of weight.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#11 posted 10-23-2015 07:56 AM

Interesting concept and design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 10-23-2015 01:06 PM

Knick – You have it upside down. Turn it over and you have a tall pencil holder or a holder of more BBQ Sticks or Walking canes? Nice free form.

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

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#13 posted 11-03-2015 07:36 AM

Have you attempted to see how much weight it could hold? Just an attempt? I recall years ago, during my teenage years, of being introduced to this principle with the bed of nails that we had in our karate dojo. Displacement.

Yeah, there is a tremendous strength in those numbers. I wouldn’t be afraid to say that table would support almost everyone of us that has commented thus far. That would be a funny feat for certain.

Speaking of the wind bowing your trees.. your thoughts were definitely in sync. Essentially all a tree is, are a collection of vascular bundles in close proximity held together with lignin.

Oh the things birthed from boredom!! ~~ furniture, light bulbs, babies

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com

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#14 posted 02-17-2016 06:47 PM

I missed this piece!

Did not get an email on it! it is a “outside the box” piece! Organic vs. structured! I’m more of and organic person in a square/straight world. LOL!

Composition is great! I don’t know if I’d have the patience and precision to put it together.

Form, FUNction, and creativity here!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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