|Project by KnickKnack||posted 10-30-2011 07:58 PM||1749 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
During the recent Rugby World Cup the great and the good kept talking about “doing the simple things well”, and that seemed to strike a cord – I think it was Bb minor, but I can’t be sure – the people I was with that early morning were cheering a Welsh try very loudly.
So, shortly into starting this the design changed from a suspended lattice-worked multi-wooded hidden-compartment bearing multi-faceted flippy-toppy-liddy thing into this.
I’d already cut the circles using my magic new “super duper cut a perfect circle router jig” (SDCPCRJ)...
To the untrained eye it might look like a piece of plywood with a hole in it, but, in the hands of a skillful craftsman it’s a SDCPCRJ – pronounced “sodocopocorojo”. (Aside – I googled this word and got not a single match – go figure!)
I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to put the jatoba strip into the tops of the beech sides. In the end the ahhs won and I did. Depending on your viewpoint that was either a complete waste of time, energy, money and router bit rotations, or a very beautiful subtle piece-elevating highlight. The case is still with the jury. I’d hoped for a little bit more contrast, but the wood doesn’t always do what I think it’s going to do, and almost never does what I hope it’s going to do. Maybe with time it’ll do what it says on the tin and go darker.
Having gone for angled sides things did, of course, get somewhat less simple – how to cut the slot for the floating base at the right angle? Answer – clamp strip of wood onto router table base so it’s not flat! That worked to make the tops horizontal too.
The original design had through dowels to attach it all together, but I scratched that in favour of a simple spline. I almost almost added the dowels as a detail, but pulled back from that – I suspect that will end up in the appeal court.
Wife’s verdict – “cute” – that might well be code for another 4 letter adjective starting with a “c”, but I’m not sure.
Beech and ash. It’s about 9×3x3 attoparsecs. 5 coats of linseed oil and wax.
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