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Project by KnickKnack posted 11-17-2015 12:12 PM 1169 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- "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 11-17-2015 12:47 PM

I really like it….nice work

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WoodNSawdust

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#2 posted 11-17-2015 01:35 PM

Interesting, I could see why it would take a while to figure it out.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 11-17-2015 03:35 PM

Great story, Sounds like we should have a glass of wine together and try to figure out the world in greater detail. LOL Love the project and bio. Cool

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 11-17-2015 04:00 PM

Isn’t that called a drawer? ;) Just kidding. Nice looking “box.”

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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KnickKnack

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#5 posted 11-17-2015 04:43 PM

Ken90712 said…
Sounds like we should have a glass of wine together and try to figure out the world in greater detail

One day, if you find yourself heading towards sunny Portugal drop me a note and you can help me reduce my cellar :-)

SuperCubber said…
Isn’t that called a drawer? ;) Just kidding. Nice looking “box.”

Now I’m going to have to think about what is the essence of “drawer” :-)

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

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#6 posted 11-17-2015 09:48 PM

It looks COOL… whatever it is… LOL

Just like a nice piece of art… will generate conversation… LOL

COOL work…

-- 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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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#7 posted 11-18-2015 05:00 AM

interesting piece, looks kinda cool…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#8 posted 11-18-2015 09:53 AM

Quite unusual and unique! I’m still trying to figure what is where.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 11-18-2015 09:04 PM

Your opening statement … ”I am not, nor will I ever be, a great craftsman –”

I’m sorry, but this box makes that statement a LIE !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 11-20-2015 02:27 PM

Anything I say will five you an IDEA
But you ARE a liar
That is a great craftsmanship
Don’t start thinking of a ship. LOL

-- shuja

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#11 posted 11-20-2015 03:11 PM

KnickNack, I think maybe you walk to the beat of a different drummer.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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