|Project by KnickKnack||posted 10-19-2016 11:33 AM||654 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Like so many projects before it, this has ended up being very different to the original drawing.
I was trying to capture the idea of a box being “pierced” – so the top is bookmatched 3 side wrap around. It would have been far easier to simply have a single piece on top, but it was important that, at least at some level, the top looked “solid” or at least “continuous”, hence the decision to take the somewhat more difficult route. That decision, of course, meant that I had to create the “containment” part of the box underneath that “lid”. Which required ends – I’m a big fan of bookmatched fumed-oak end-grain, so that seemed like a logical, and aesthetically pleasing, choice. Slots were added to the top to ensure precise location when replacing the top.
Of course, the piece wasn’t going to stand just on the point, so additional structure had to be created for stability – many solutions were tried, mostly they were too “heavy” and distracted from the top – eventually I ended up with what you see.
I usually strive to simplify – to reduce down to what’s basic and avoid embellishment for its own sake, but here I decided to try and focus more than I usually do on details – the various angles following on from the angles required on the box-end. As of today (things change over time), I’m pretty happy that those details add, rather than detract, from the overall feel of the piece – I think they look “natural”, “obvious” even, rather than just add-ons.
The wife’s comment – ”quite nice, but I wouldn’t pay for it”!
Ash, mahogany (could be sapele), fumed oak.
Finished with oil and home-grown danish oil.
The box part is 280mm long, 90mm high, 140mm deep.
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