|Project by KnickKnack||posted 06-23-2012 04:34 PM||3160 views||13 times favorited||23 comments|
Following my visit to doctors, I tried really hard with this one. Really hard – this took about 4 weeks (but I don’t work very hard, it must be said)
The original “design idea” was the “cross piece handle” seamlessly meeting the “deco-ish” verticals – that was the start point. It was supposed to have a handle sitting on wood that wasn’t proud of the rest of the box. The “legs” were supposed to be vertical, the other way up to how they are in the final thing, with an angle cut on the box sides to “mirror” the leg angle, but after I’d made the legs I was messing around and it just seemed interesting to have them “buttressing” into the box (which was, incidentally, supposed to be a tall rather than fat box). Once I’d decided to use the legs the other way up the recessed top didn’t seem to be right, so I came up with the angled top you see. Having started by making the deco-ish verticals the size wasn’t going to work, so the handle became recessed into it. It was too wide, so I added the ash strips on the top, so then, of course, I needed ash strips on the bottom to “balance” the colour. In fact – nothing went the way it was drawn at all!
All that said, I’m actually pretty pleased with it – I took a lot of time sitting and staring and pondering, and going back to reread the doctors’ comments before proceeding.
Technically I think, for me, it’s pretty good – not perfect by any stretch, but not shabby. Design wise, well, I don’t think it gets the capital “G”, alas. The wife’s comment, after reminding me we’re still a mossie screen light – “Not great, but gorgeous”.
Ash, jatoba and (small strips of) unknown wood from the dump which should have been jatoba too.
34cm x 17cm x 17cm.
Tung oil finish – I’m considering adding some danish and trying to get a satin sheen, but I’m undecided on that.
As always, and I really mean it – criticisms welcome.
Edit – the “unknown wood” appears to be Cambara
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