|Project by TestDepth||posted 06-25-2012 01:55 AM||1612 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
This is what I hope to be the first in a long line of my new projects. This is what I would call my first “artsy” piece (as in I designed it more for looks than function). The title derives (for obvious reasons) from the “flame” maple and the red of the padauk. I decided to overstate the theme with pulls. I used the conflicting elements of the natural, organic shapes in the maple grain and the strictly rigid strait lines of the box forms and arrangement to create (I hope) the dichotomy of constrained forces that makes the piece come alive.
Dimensions are roughly 4, 6, and 8 inches tall. 6 inches wide on the sides. All three boxes are out of a single billet of flame maple (there is actually a fourth box that was left over when I cut up the boxes. I used it as my test piece during the construction). The feet, tops and bottoms are padauk. The finish is Feed n Wax.
Nothing special on the joinery, just standard mitres on the corners with rabbets on the bottoms and lids. I had a friend in the shop help cut the pulls (not much of a scroll saw guy myself) but I had to hand cut the sockets for the pulls. The feet were the resultant compromise between my design ideas and my construction ability. I had originally planned on doing something with a frame-style base, but I decided I didn’t quite have the wherewithal to pull it off the way I wanted to. I would have foregone the feet entirely, but I just couldn’t leave the boxes sitting flush on a surface.
The end result was a mixed bag in my estimation. The feet are my biggest disappointment, but I’m also unhappy with several elements of the finish and construction gaffes. It looks good from a ways off, but I know where to look for all the little goofs up close. Curse of the maker, I guess. Ah, well. Good learning experience.
Thanks for the looks and please give some feedback/constructive criticism.
-- "We don't make mistakes here, we only have happy little accidents." - Bob Ross