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Project by KnickKnack posted 12-27-2015 11:39 AM 1413 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A note from about 18 months ago in my “Lille brown book of thunks” has the line, “Interlocking Us” and this small sketch…

Well, for those last 18 months I haven’t really known how to turn that idea into a project and then, suddenly, late one night, this bit of craziness popped into my head.
It took a while to thrash out the details and sizes, and included passing by this version, which I think might make a fun “traffic light” lamp for another build sometime in the future…

Of course, it being the run-up to the Christmas period, and with all those parties that one has to go to at this time of the year, it took a few weeks to actually finish – the final coat of oil was put on on Christmas morning.

This was supposed to be my masterwork, as usual, but it hasn’t turned out quite as well as I’d hoped – not enough contrast between the jatobá verticals on the drawers and the mahogany – not enough contrast between the fumed oak and the mahogany – the two “U”s and the fact that they aren’t really joined isn’t as visible as I’d hoped since it’s all a bit “tight”, etc etc
Still, it’s done now and 3 drawers (which you can open either way) are ready to receive stuff.

Jatobá, fumed oak, ash, mahogany, CCP.
500mm high, 300mm across, 220mm deep.
Finished with linseed 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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danoaz

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 12:03 PM

Bravo! Fantastic rhythm of lines and proportions. Contrast in wood color also gives it some playfulness. The horizontal extension of the pieces with the angled cuts provide grace. It has a small hint of defying gravity that makes it wonderfully curious. I am curious as to how you made the connection in the upper left, but that is probably one of those tricks that the skilled magician wants to keep to himself. Thank you and well done.

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

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 05:41 PM

Interesting!

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 06:12 PM

Always enjoy viewing your projects. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 06:28 PM

Merry Christmas,

It’s great and it’s definitely you! LOL! It’s never perfect for the maker? It is however Damned good!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 07:52 PM

Lovely work!
I think that the idea comes through perfectly well but could perhaps be emphasized by letting the double C’s be slightly thiker. Looking forward to the street light version as well!
Allways enjoy how you seem to have a intelectual idea or concept behind your projects. Something i strive to be better at myself.

Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 10:32 PM

Very cool way to use different contrasting woods. Looks awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 11:05 PM

To me, each drawer “box” has a sort of Oriental look, but over all that thing looks NOTHING like I’ve ever seen !

FANTASTIC !

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#8 posted 12-27-2015 11:34 PM

AWESOME… Real Out of The BOX thinking!

COOL…

Great job!

-- 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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 12-28-2015 01:46 AM

Definitely an interesting project.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 12-28-2015 04:44 AM

I love this design. Thanks for being aw3some!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#11 posted 12-28-2015 09:21 AM

I find this concept very interesting,but, isn’t it a little space consuming project?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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KnickKnack

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#12 posted 12-28-2015 06:48 PM

I find this concept very interesting,but, isn t it a little space consuming project?
- majuvla

Yes, well I can’t argue with that.
But I decided a while ago to let form be the driver, with function only the passenger – thereby allowing circuitous routes between A and B :-)

...but could perhaps be emphasized by letting the double C’s be slightly thicker…
- kaerlighedsbamsen

I agree – there are differences between the sizes of the 3 “basic” widths, but they aren’t enough. I do have a tendency to be ruled somewhat by the size of my (somewhat limited) stock – my oak is 33mm wide, so when I use oak it’s always in some divisor of that.

Always enjoy how you seem to have a intellectual idea or concept behind your projects…
- kaerlighedsbamsen

I could write long essays on how I got from an original germ to the final full-blown fever that gets posted so it’s good to hear that at least someone enjoys the “intellectual background”.
That said, I also tend to believe that things should “speak for themselves” – if I’m in a art gallery, for example, staring at a piece, it should move me without my having to read on the wall (if I’m lucky) that the artist says it represents this and that and the other, or that he/she painted it upside down with their toes whilst blindfolded and eating a McDonald’s cheesburger (I made that up, but it’s given me an idea :-)).

I am curious as to how you made the connection in the upper left…
- danoaz

Perhaps this will help clarify – a few details excepted, this is broadly what I built…

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

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#13 posted 12-28-2015 09:04 PM

I could write long essays on how I got from an original germ to the final full-blown fever that gets posted so it s good to hear that at least someone enjoys the “intellectual background”.
That said, I also tend to believe that things should “speak for themselves” – if I m in a art gallery, for example, staring at a piece, it should move me without my having to read on the wall (if I m lucky) that the artist says it represents this and that and the other, or that he/she painted it upside down with their toes whilst blindfolded and eating a McDonald s cheesburger (I made that up, but it s given me an idea :-)).

Thank you for your fine reply.

I could not agree more- things should speak for them selves. Especially to the user. But we are makers and this being a place to learn and share, I, for one, would love to hear more about that process!

LJ is full of shiny tools, amazing projects and practical solutions on this-and-that. What we have not so much is the “before” part: What goes into the shaping of a project? What mindset does it take to design a truly novel pieze – or a personalized version of something old? Where deos ideas come from and how do you go from a few lines or brief ideas to an actual thing?

So, if you one day feel inspired, please share some of that fine skill you have – it would make a great blog!!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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JoeinGa

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#14 posted 12-28-2015 09:16 PM

I realize you made this to sit on the floor, but I’d bet that it would be really cool mounted on a wall, about 2’ off the floor. A set of “floating drawers” if you will.

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 12-29-2015 03:56 AM

KnickNack...

Wouldn't Half-Laps at those joint have worked too?

... except those cross braces stop it from racking, etc. too… Yes?

-- 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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