A Box Called "Necessessity"

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Project by FlairWoodworks posted 06-14-2011 06:42 AM 2725 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did you catch the misspelling in the title?

Just like how the extra “ess” in “Necessessity is extraneously unnecessary, everything about this box is excessively overkill. Look at how thick the teak frame members are. Unnecessary. Look at the dovetails at three corners of the frame. Unnecessary. Look at the three through tenons through the base. Unnecessary. I could go on…

Speaking of unnecesary, how about the dial indicator, measuring the lateral play in the drawer. It’s unnecessary, just as many machinists’ tools are in a woodworker’s shop. But that’s just my perspective. I got a ton of feedback on this box. Read the comments on my blog HERE.

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#1 posted 06-14-2011 10:58 AM

What a joke hahaha =D

(I might actually say a “lumberjoke”)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 06-14-2011 12:39 PM

if it deflects more than 2 or 3 thou its crap and should be thrown away ;p

-- Ben L

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#3 posted 06-14-2011 12:49 PM

I would state this is a VERY cool project, but that would also be unnecessary. :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 06-14-2011 01:44 PM

Now I would say that is an unnecessary use of an expensive wood. ——-but fine craftsmanship.

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#5 posted 06-14-2011 02:14 PM

I couldn’t have said it any better !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 06-14-2011 02:53 PM

I’m guessing most people open the drawer just to watch the dial indicator! Fun concept and a nice write up. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 06-14-2011 03:34 PM

Very nice craftsmanship on the drawer. If you are using hand tools, the precision instruments are not
necessary, but if you are setting your 13” planer blades, or 6” jointer blades a dial indicator really helps make
sure that one blade is not doing all the work while the others wait for the first to wear out. If you are
trying to find why your miter cuts are out of whack, once again the dial indicator and also machinist square
are a great help. That said, take a look at a lot of the old craftsmanship built in the middle ages up to the
present with only hand tools and no rulers with fancy increments. There are no gaps and almost perfect
symmetry. Did those craftsman just have better eyes or better training. I knew a master carpenter who
could just look at something and tell you it was out of square or level and used only a square to build an
octagonal bump out on the corner of house from the joists to the rafters. He was kind enough to try
to tell me how to properly use the square, but I was too young and dumb to pay enough attention. I do
not know the answers, but I have a lot of questions and now I have to go play in my wood workshop.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 03:53 PM

That’s a fun one and definitely a conversation piece!

Now I’m off to go read your blog on this one.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 06-14-2011 04:55 PM

A humidor for the non smoker!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 06-14-2011 05:12 PM


-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#11 posted 06-15-2011 11:10 AM

Most everything we do here is unnecessary, but it sure is fun ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 06-15-2011 03:35 PM

That’s a great project.

BTW, Bob, you’re right about that.

I don’t think that I have ever come close to doing anything perfect – don’t guess I’ll ever try either. Perfection escapes me and probably doesn’t agree with my disposition either. However, I know that I’ve considered perfection and have certainly dreamed of it in a long winter’s nap. I suppose that Michelangelo came close to it on occasion and maybe a few other people.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 06-16-2011 12:33 PM

Ha! Great job! Inspiration is the dark edging hiding behind imagination.
I think you did a beautiful job… excellent workmanship.
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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