|Project by KnickKnack||posted 04-10-2012 11:12 AM||2930 views||14 times favorited||27 comments|
I have a history of starting projects with only the barest of ideas what I’m doing, so towards the end I’m trying to work out what handle, for example, will “go”. The result, sometimes, is that the handle does, indeed, look “added on” rather than an integral part of the design.
With my last project I tried to integrate handle and hinge onto the box. Here I’ve gone a stage further with an idea I’ve had for a long time – that the handle is an organic part of the box.
This was my first use of a coping saw…
There I was thinking how cool it was that it cut “japanese style”, on the pull rather than the push. OK, so you all know it was because I put the blade in the wrong way around (arguably), but it was interesting nonetheless.
I also decided, up front, that I was going to use “spot varnish” on the “knot handle”, like my last box, so it took a lot of sanding to get the rest of the wood away. Still, on pine that wasn’t too onerous a thing to do. Picture 2 shows the glow you get if the light catches it just right.
The wife’s comment, after I’ve slaved over hot sandpaper for 2 weeks – “it looks like a bird box”, and “it’s not mouse proof”.
Pine. Matt and Gloss varnish over linseed oil. 14cm wide x 12 cm high x 18 cm deep.
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