"Road to Nowhere"

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Project by KnickKnack posted 02-07-2017 11:42 AM 2284 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(Just to be clear, nothing here has anything to do with any song called “Road to Nowhere”)

I was driving into Lisbon a few months back, as I often do, over the amazing Vasco da Gama Bridge, when, that particular evening, something struck me about the light – the cables seemed somehow both fragile strong at the same time – and then this idea was born.
I’ve learned over the years that when this happens I have but 2 choices – I must either prove that the idea is impossible, or I must make the thing.
Of course, as ever, technical issues as to how exactly to make the idea a reality took several weeks to solve.
For interest (maybe), the “final” sketches and thoughts paper looked like this…

The “cables” needed to match, and be perfectly positioned, and my drill press is less than good, so I decided to drill the holes by hand, with the pieces held together…

It’s looking OK…

Bubinga veneer applied – I wanted something with an interesting, but with a very “straight” grain pattern…

A couple of weeks in, and all the pieces are ready…

Well, I say all the pieces – I mean almost all the pieces.
Off I go to the local DIY shop who have always had the 6mm dowel I’m going to need.
Not only do they not have any, and not only are they not intending to get any more, but they’ve sent back the stock that they did have!
Sigh. So I had to make my own dowels…

As you might expect, glue-up was something of a challenge, but by fixing everything in position, I could glue up a single pair at a time, wait 2 hours – another pair …......

Steppy steppy…

All the outsides done, I can set to on the insides…

Since I couldn’t get clamps in there, not even those baby ones, I applied weight with a heavy block of wood…


But this came out quite nicely – it’s a little “bouncy”, as you might expect, which is quite interesting, but it does work.
Of course, it’s pretty big (when the bridge is closed – 55cm long, 35cm high, 17cm wide) so takes up quite a lot of room on a table, and needs even more for opening, so it’s really pretty unlikely to actually get much, if any, use.
But who cares! lol

Fumed oak, jatobá, beech and BBQ sticks doweling, bubinga veneer, finished with linseed oil, although the “road” itself has Danish oil with rottenstone grain highlighting.

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

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#1 posted 02-07-2017 11:55 AM

Extremely cool. But what is it? A jewelry box or something?
Well thought out and constructed whatever it is!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#2 posted 02-07-2017 11:57 AM

But what is it? A jewelry box or something?
- UncleStumpy

Some kind of box, I think. Well, that was sort of the idea.

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

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#3 posted 02-07-2017 01:56 PM

Wow! Brilliant experiment!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#4 posted 02-07-2017 02:17 PM

Very interesting and unique, A one of a kind. Very well design and nice work. The post well done and interesting.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 02-07-2017 02:19 PM

a project that’s very Unique and interesting.

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#6 posted 02-07-2017 05:14 PM

nice…! I always enjoy seeing projects that are not the same old ordinary stuff…

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#7 posted 02-07-2017 05:53 PM

This is a very unusual and creative piece and it’s actually quite striking and well done. It’s also obviously going to be a wonderful eye catcher and conversation piece. Nice work and it’s well presented.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 02-07-2017 08:35 PM

WOW! And Thanks for posting this.

I do not care what the function is. Something like this needs no other purpose than to exist to show everyone the artistry of woodworking.

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#9 posted 02-08-2017 01:29 AM

You’re amping up! And you had a great inspiration piece to work with.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 02-08-2017 01:59 AM

Well – that’s quite the project – Love it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 02-08-2017 02:20 AM

Very unique piece of work. Excellent work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 02-08-2017 07:52 AM

Realy unique and incredible work and mechanisam.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 02-08-2017 11:34 AM


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#14 posted 02-08-2017 11:45 AM

Nicely done. Your attention to detail is top notch. Have you ever considered doing something with a rounded, curves theme that would be less box like and more organic in nature, but still be a vessel for holding things?

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

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#15 posted 02-08-2017 08:20 PM

It goes nowhere… does nothing… it’s just a conglomeration of useless thoughts to see if it doesn’t work? LOL

BUT, it sure LOOKS nice! LOL
...whatever it is…. LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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