|Project by KnickKnack||posted 08-19-2012 06:40 AM||3882 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
A while ago someone described my work as “chunky” – which is true.
More recently I’ve found myself having to do the odd bit of “delicate” work, and, frankly, my skills have been found wanting.
So I set myself the following design aim…
A secondary aim was, following the pretty good results I got on my last project in messing with already constructed finger joints, to try something else with the same idea.
And this is the result.
Once more my “small scale” skills were found wanting, but perhaps less wanting than last time. As was, it would appear, my good sense in using what can only be described as tragically crappy plywood. Am I ever going to learn? I spent a lot of time on this, which I ought to value in at least some sense, and then “just used a bit of plywood that was hanging around”!
I wanted it to “look vertical”, so the finger joints are done on the “wrong” part of the wood – and in this orientation the fingers are really quite fragile (which is not the same as delicate!) – I lost a few malleting the thing together at glue time. I did suspect this was going to happen, but, given the “over-decoration” I had in mind that wasn’t going to matter. Nor the fact that the fingers didn’t quite go all the way in. The few bits of tearout, however couldn’t be covered up. I’d specially put the outside faces facing each other when I cut the (pair of) holes, but still it happened.
I was originally going to put a 45° on the corners, but the wife said she liked the sharp corners (strange, she’s always hated sharp corners before), so I just put on a square of jatoba. This jatoba is doing my head in – the very first piece I used went just beautifully red when I put the oil on. Since then, same plank, same oil, same everything it just goes reddy-brown. Ah ha! I thought – that reddy-brown is what the doctor ordered for here. So I used that – same plank, same oil – no redness in it at all!
It looks intricate, but it’s just a finger-jointed box with an inlaid strip of 3-ply, and another strip on the corner.
It’s been sitting on my desk for a couple of days now and I’m getting more and more annoyed – the patterning is good, the wood choice works well together – I think it could have looked really really good, but, as usual, it doesn’t quite get there.
Perhaps the wife summed it up when she said ”It’ll do for me”
Ash, beech & jatoba. 9cm x 9cm x 11cm, Linseed oil finish.
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