Wish You Were Here

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Project by Waldschrat posted 07-17-2011 03:48 PM 2301 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(Welcome to the Machine)

Well here it is… I love this album from Pink Floyd, I love the art from Storm Thorgerson, and I kind of always wanted to try something of this level of detail.

I also wanted to build a box for writing utensils (pens, paper, ink, wax, envelopes and so on) and have it all organized inside, and protected. Then it occured to me that the title of this song/album, the purpose of the box (writing is often done when one misses another), and the difficulty of making something like this, or rather the concentration!

I thought that since I do not have my writing desk finished yet (well I have not yet even begun) that, it would be nice to have a sort of board or surface to write on. well as it is I happened to have some 2mm thick Linoleum and I used that, because its a natural product and its PERFECT for writing on, because its not cold like stone or Formica, its not soft and “dent-able” like wood, nor does it have pores like wood, its cleanable, and still gives in a little bit.

When the linoleum writing surface is in the box, it sits in a rebate on the edges and has itself a small rebate allowing to sit lower in the box and act as a sort of “lid” for all the small things in the tray. The Box outside is made of Euro. Cherry, the Tray is Euro Maple. The tray and insides of the box are lined with a 3mm green felt. This cushions all the expensive stuff in the tray as well as the tray itself. Under the tray is felt as well to prevent scratches on other surfaces.

The Tray sits ontop of maple strips of wood and seals off the paper section on the very bottom, to keep the expensive and more valuable paper safe and sound.

The groove around the lid is to make room for the hinges so they do not stand out too much and scratch something, and the lid is held down by square 5mm x 5mm neodym magnets. The lid is held in place by a canvas strap to keep it from flopping over.

As to the finish I used Lack (varnish) 2 Component Polyurethane varnish, the first coat is with white pigment that adsorbs UV and at the same time making the wood look like its been freshly sanded, by this I mean lighter. The UV is also blocked and keeps it from getting too dark (cherry) or too yellow (maple) from sunlight exposure. The varnish is still clear—does not distort the grain, just looks natural. The Second coat is just normal 2 comp. varnish satin.

Hope you all like it!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#1 posted 07-17-2011 04:17 PM

Very nice box, Nicolas. I see a number of points of interest.
The marquetry is excellent,
The little canvass strap is a cool trick
The whitening with UV filtration
And best of all another fine use for these boxes that we keep making.

Don’t white bedspreads just make a great photo background ? :-)

Very clean, sweet piece.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 07-17-2011 04:27 PM

I love this, Nicholas. You work just keeps getting better and better.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-17-2011 05:03 PM

First, that’s absolutely beautiful.

Second … a quick question:

In designing/building this … did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

Bum-bud-da-dum-dowm … bowm, bowm, bowm.

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 07-17-2011 05:22 PM

Absolutely superb!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 07-17-2011 05:23 PM

Fine box and superb marquetry. The theme takes me back as well.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 07-17-2011 05:30 PM

beautiful box, and a great album indeed.

I really like the lighter wood with the green felt – nice combination, very springy

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 07-17-2011 06:21 PM

Hello Nicholas, as the e-mail reached me with the title, I had initially thought
that you were in Canada “wish you were here” as you had mentioned going there a few times ;).

“The box” (not “The Wall” ;)) is very artistic (you know, the level at which it is not
merely a box anymore but a work of art) and I really like your choice of wood colors (each of them
gentle yet very strong) and accenting color changes (light/dark/light and dark/light/dark

For those who have not done any or many boxes, could you give a few more details
on joinery used for the box and tray(wish everyone added that as standard practice on all projects – for
beginners like me;).

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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#8 posted 07-17-2011 07:35 PM

Very nicely done…Wish you Were Here is my favorite Pink Floyd album too.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#9 posted 07-17-2011 08:37 PM

I don’t much care for the subject matter on the cover; that’s just not my thing. Beyond that, the construction, marquetry, and the attention to detail on your tray is just outstanding! It is a beautiful box!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#10 posted 07-18-2011 03:25 PM

Nicely done indeed. Fine marquetry as well. Hope to see more from you.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#11 posted 07-19-2011 05:56 PM

Thanks guys for the comments!

Vjeko,as to the joinery, well sorry there is not much to say, tis pretty much mitered together and glued with white glue. Nothing that exciting… I rabbeted out the corners and glue in strips of maple so that the corneres would not get botched up so quickly. The lid and the bottom is grooved in. I guess the only really complicated part this project, for me anyway, was getting it done on time and doing the marquetry.

Shipwright, yes white bedspreads are the best!

To the other Pink Floyd fans, maybe I could talk the administrators of LJs into play a song every time this project is looked at! That would be cool!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#12 posted 07-19-2011 06:21 PM

Let’s do what we can, in the meantime.

For those of you that love it like I do … enjoy !!!

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 07-19-2011 06:29 PM

NBeener, thats Awesome! Thanks for the post!


-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#14 posted 08-05-2011 08:48 PM

this is awesome. hi5

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