|Project by KnickKnack||posted 02-19-2012 01:18 PM||1609 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
A while ago I made this Deco-esque box – it’s been sitting on my desk ever since. I really like the angles, the curves, the embedding, the overhang.
So I’ve been wondering if I could use a similar idea for tray handles, and this is the result.
The handles are from a stave of an ancient french calvados barrel, complete with worm holes, blackened from years and years of storing apple brandy. Since I wanted to keep the colour change from light to black as night in the handles, I fumed the (almost) completed piece before attaching the handles.
The original design was nothing like this – I’d made a special base for it, but it didn’t go – so that one’s waiting for another time. I was originally going to go with 45°-mitre cornered ash, but that would have been, I think, a bit “in your face” in terms of contrast. I had a brain wave (or brain disaster, depending on your view), and decided to go with oak, dovetailed into the beech – the dovetail has the same angle which, I confess, was luck rather than the result of any kind of master plan.
I did realise, luckily, that the usual “floating” base wasn’t going to be possible – can’t “slide in” the dovetails, so it floats on the oak, but is glued to the bottom of the beech.
I’m not sure about the “flares” on the beech – my wife doesn’t like them.
The finish is linseed oil – although I’m not a big fan of glossy finishes, I think it might work here, so, perhaps, I’ll put on some danish or satin varnish (does that make this an incomplete project?). I have a bunch of construction pictures, but I don’t think there’s much amazing in there – I used a jig based on the handle angles to cut the angles rebate…
I always think it’s interesting to compare pre- and post-fume, so pre-fume it was like this…
Making it went pretty well, but there’s something not quite right about it – I can’t put my finger on exactly what – it should be stunning, but there’s something just a little off somewhere.
He/she is 39 cm (plus handle extension) x 28cm x a bit of height.
Ancient oak, oak, beech – linseed oil finish.
Comments of any flavo(u)r most welcome.
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