|Project by Ken Reed||posted 11-01-2010 02:45 AM||2559 views||3 times favorited||55 comments|
OK, so every once in a while I go out into the shop and think that I can just build something without plans…you know, just “develop” something; let the wood “speak” to me. I should know better after all these years!
Nice wood, but the design is not anything like I had originally planned. I wanted the curved front, but, other than that, I didn’t really have a clear concept of what I wanted. The first thought was no long legs and just small corner “posts”, but they looked “funny”. So then I tried long, small corner “posts”. Better, but then I thought curved legs. The first “mock up” of the box was much deeper from front to back, essentially square. I didn’t like that so I shortened the sides….too much, oh well, it’s hard to cut wood longer.
So the legs look like rotten bananas to me instead of what I had in my mind’s eye. The whole thing looks front heavy, like it’s going to tip over onto the front. The legs were supposed to project above the box a little, but I screwed that up when I cut the mortises….
Oh well, back to Sketchup! It takes just as much time and effort to build a bad design as a good one.
I have built several boxes with this kind of construction; the boards forming the sides and front and back are mortised into the legs. I know that it’s not a good practice to have the grains running in two different directions, but I have yet to see any actual problems with this construction. What do you folks think? Am I just kidding myself and these will eventually fail or at least crack? This is one of the deepest boxes yet, so it would be the most prone to show problems. The distance between the mortises is about 100mm (4”).
By the way, the box isn’t really finished; it needs to be rubbed out and finish put on the front curve of the lid, but you get the idea.