|Project by KnickKnack||posted 11-17-2015 12:12 PM||1245 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
The Intellectual Background:
I am not, nor will I ever be, a great craftsman – that just isn’t in my nature, so I try to make up for that by doing “new and interesting” things – sometimes with some level of success, I think, but quite often not.
So once in a while I like to take a glass of red wine out into the garden, and just think about things – to challenge what is ”accepted”, or ”what we know to be true” – to attempt to free myself from preconceptions about ”how things are”, or ”how things must be”. Of course, in very many cases things are the way they are because that is, in fact, the best way – but not so very long ago the earth was thought to be flat, until someone challenged that – and that the universe revolved around the earth, again, until it was challenged.
I don’t, of course, think at such dizzying, worth-changing levels (I used to, but such thoughts, these days, make me sad) – I ask around the level of ”what is a box, why is it so, and must it needs be so?”. And a month or so ago I was thinking around these lines – ”a box is a container and a lid” – and it suddenly struck me that it’s almost an axiom of “box” that it’s the lid that moves to allow access to the containment part, and then, of course, I followed it with ”why must it be so?”.
And I decided that it need not – why couldn’t the “lid” be fixed, and the “box” be the part that moves?
So I devised a mechanism for box removal – somewhat similar to “french cleats”, I think, and built the rest of this piece around that. As usual, things got a bit out of hand :-)
A couple of people have seen it and, quite gratifyingly really, have been stumped as to how to open it since they look for a way to move the lid – but the lid doesn’t move. (As an aside – these people ought to know me better by now!)
Hopefully you can see from the pictures that you simply “slide” the box to left or right and the cleats free themselves and the box can be removed. It works, but, in all honesty, it’s not really very easy to actually access.
Still – no worries – I did what I set out to do.
Fumed oak, ash, jatobá, beech dowels – finished with linseed oil.
Total dimensions (the “box” part is, obviously, somewhat smaller) – 33cm x 15cm x 19cm high.
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