Knot - A Handle

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Project by KnickKnack posted 04-10-2012 11:12 AM 2753 views 14 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

All comments, positive or negative, constructive or destructive, critical or praising, as always, will be carefully considered.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 04-10-2012 11:19 AM

This is really your best yet. I adore the handle and the delicious grain matching.
Over the top and on my own list of things to try. Beauty!

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 11:31 AM

That was a very clever idea and it works well. Nice job.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 11:32 AM

That is sweet! Talk about taking advantage of what the wood presents – fantastic!

I also like the “chunky” look of the overall box.

Great job as always!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 04-10-2012 12:40 PM

Like Grandpappy always used to say, use what you’ve got. Very well done. Nice.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#5 posted 04-10-2012 01:52 PM

your use of the knot for the handle is a great idea. You have made a number of unique boxes, this one, the deco-esque box. All three are really nice.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 02:04 PM

I love that “Knot – A Handle”. That’s brilliant!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 02:04 PM

Very clever! Looks like you made some lemonade out of those lemons :-)

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 03:08 PM

Creative thinking and a fine execution of the design idea.
Right on the money, sweet.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 04:25 PM

Love it nice work !!!!!!!

-- Nimkee** Joe

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 04-10-2012 06:01 PM


That is Knot COOL!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 04-10-2012 07:18 PM

KnickKnack, Knot

How cleaver. I especially like the grain match going from top to side…nice call, great look. I like that you did some sculpting and left a little extra wood around the knot to strengthen that area. This looks like a good tight knot and I love the design, but I would suggest that adding a thin piece of non-knotted wood on the underside of the lid perhaps with the grain running the opposite direction might insure that some years from now – should there be a stress crack around the knot – it will not affect the design or function.

All that said, this is a great design and a wonderful concept. I really like it. Hey, is this a great handle or knot?


The birdhouse remark isn’t too bad. My wife tells me that all my boxes look like a used bar of soap.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 04-10-2012 10:19 PM

Wow! What a great idea, thanks for sharing with us the benefits of starting without a clear plan in mind: innovation, and being honest to the material.. Excellent/

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#13 posted 04-10-2012 10:44 PM

Beautiful job and a very unique twist on a handle. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#14 posted 04-10-2012 11:04 PM

Very clever! I wish my mind worked out creative things like that. Congrats.

just one thing- it ain’t mouse proof. Jes sayin’.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#15 posted 04-10-2012 11:17 PM

A singular box handle. Very nice work. Great vision.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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