|Project by KnickKnack||posted 05-31-2011 02:22 PM||1154 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I thought it was about time I tried to make something that wasn’t square, or rather, something that was actually supposed to not be square – so I came up with this. It’s destined to be a present for our much-suffering Portuguese teacher. It’s the second box I’ve made for her – the first one just wasn’t, I thought, good enough.
The only thing that actually went wrong was that I forgot that the diagonals were going to be longer than simple verticals (all that schooling and a maths degree too – go figure), so I found I’d picked an oak piece that wasn’t quite long enough. Still – it’s just ended up a little bit squatter than the original idea, but I don’t think it’s out of proportion. That said, I think the handle might be a tad too fat and tall.
Single plank of “left-over” pine from the flooring, and an oak offcut. Assembled and fumed all together – the last picture shows it pre-fuming – I like the way the orange in the pine turns a little dark, and how the end-grain “pops” a bit. Had I to do it again I’d have taken the wood for the top from the middle of the board so it would “wrap around” better. It’s about 12cm (4 1/2”) cube.
Oil finish. I solar heated the oil (for which read put the bottle in a bottle in the sun) first which seemed to help the first application.
As always – feel free to throw mud (but not stones, please, I don’t want it dented), compliments, criticisms, thoughts, ideas, money etc my way.
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