|Project by Div||posted 04-28-2011 10:03 PM||5091 views||46 times favorited||64 comments|
FLINTSTONE FASHION (Out of the wood3)
1050L x 590D x 970H
A Cocktail cabinet in White Pear, Poplar and Kiaat with Ironwood hinges.
In this piece I attempted to present furniture as functional sculpture. The cabinet evolved from the legs; some curved cants of Poplar that stared at me from a corner of my workshop. With much of my work, I do not design on paper first. I let the wood itself dictate the design, an attempt to reveal forms and patterns that potentially exist in the wood. Once the gentle S curves of the legs revealed themselves, I continued the theme throughout the cabinet. The initial inspiration for this piece came from a photo I saw whilst browsing the LJ projects archives. I didn’t save the photo at the time but the concept got stuck in my head. Lots of things get stuck in my head….I can’t find the pic to give credit, maybe someone will remember!
I have long been a fan of wooden hinges and try to use them whenever I can. The pins for the hinges are buried in the legs. I routed 3mm (1/8) slots in the legs to the correct depth, and when I was happy with the hinges, glued in little splines. They are visible in one of the close up shots, if you look carefully.
And those dots? I turned them on my drill press. No, I don’t have a lathe. Yes, I know it is not the proper way! The circles were cut on the band saw and a woodscrew was driven into the centre. Then I cut the head off to provide something to grip in the drill chuck for turning. I used a makeshift steady but at least I have proper turning chisels! I guess you say it is a real bush mechanic African way of doing things! The door timber was counter bored with a Forstner bit and the shaped dot glued inside.
As always, honest critique, comments and questions are welcome.
PS. Whilst most of you are rejoicing over spring, we had a light dusting of snow on the mountain peak today. I’m freezing….
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."