|Project by KnickKnack||posted 09-28-2010 05:46 PM||2489 views||14 times favorited||9 comments|
Normally, the pictures somewhat flatter my work – not so here – in the pictures the central plank looks very different in colour – in reality it’s only a slight difference, which was what I was aiming for. The “strings” (which is what I’m calling the suspension splines now, but I’m open to the correct or a better term) have a honey-like glow which I couldn’t capture.
Technically this is one of the best pieces I’ve made – not perfect, but tight joints, straight edges, flat surfaces, 90° angles – the new router bits cut, rather than burnt, their way through the beech – not quite like a knife through butter, but getting there.
Design wise is a different matter – frankly I’m a little disappointed – I was looking for something with serious “wow”, and this ain’t it.
But I do like it – it’s very much my style, and it works. But – it’s lost something that the ashtray had – it doesn’t, to me anyway, have the “oriental” look which I liked. I haven’t yet managed to work out why – it may be the lack of plywood for the “strings”, it may be the 4 legs instead of 2, it may be the lack of grain in the wood (which was a deliberate choice), it may be that the idea just doesn’t scale up – I’m open to suggestions.
I’ll be thinking about it as I fall asleep for the next few days/weeks.
Beech with mahogany (I think – found it on the dump) strings. Varnish.
Any suggestions, comments, critiques, lambastings – welcome – but I know the joints aren’t perfect, and that the finish isn’t great. Oh, and, yes, there are dowels where the central plank meets the legs.
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