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Project by KnickKnack posted 09-16-2012 07:48 AM 33010 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by rance’s lovely piece of work over here , I set out to make one of my own.
Well, as you can see, I took a few different turns and ended up with something somewhat different. I’ve been trying to focus more on the details than has been my habit in the past, so this was partly an exercise in trying to do simple things well.
Of course, this design was going to live or die on the grain pattern in the back piece of wood – apart from the flaw (well, you could say flaw, you could say point of interest, and, in any event, it’s wood so it’s rarely flawless) towards the bottom right, I think, personally, that I nailed that – I went through every offcut I had, and every piece of every plank of every species and narrowed it own to a choice of 10. I then tried to work out what was going to happen to the grain on a flat piece of wood when I shaped it. I think some luck was involved – you can look at both sides of the wood and try to interpolate the grain pattern, but nature is random and you don’t quite know what will happen.
This was the first time I used a “grain enhancement” technique I’ve been working on over the last few years. I polished it to 600, applied a thinned water-based cherry stain very quickly and immediately wiped it off (didn’t want to stain other than the grain, hence the 600), and then more 600 until all but the grain returned to the original colour. I think it picks it out quite nicely, especially on the ash, which grain tends to “fudge up” when I finish it.
Having made the back it took a bunch more time trying to work out how to set it. I still have the whole triangle thing going on (I’m a big fan of art deco), but I didn’t want to overcook it. But a simple square base just didn’t seem enough, and a simple slot for the card didn’t seem enough either. After a lot of staring I ended up here, which seems quite nicely balanced to me.
Big thanks to Alan and Sharon down the road at bikersbase for letting me use their business card.

Ash and Jatoba. Tung oil finish.

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#1 posted 09-16-2012 10:57 AM

I like it. Nice mix o woods

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 09-16-2012 11:31 AM

Very nice, unusuall design

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-16-2012 11:54 AM

Very nicely done. Lucky you don’t have to mass produce them.

Always like it when we let the wood talk.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 09-16-2012 03:44 PM

You really nailed that piece of Ash !
Perfectly centered / focused on the grain pattern. I don’t know if the Cherry stain grain enhancement was needed , but it looks o’k to me. I think it kind of connects the base color with the back . I like all of the angles in the base as well. : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 09-16-2012 03:47 PM

I think you nailed it. The wood and stain choices were right on. The design is simple yet functional.
Keep up the good work


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#6 posted 09-16-2012 05:55 PM

It really doesn’t take a lot to come up with a design you’ve never seen before and you knocked this one out of the park. What an elegant design Roger. I’ll be making one of these this afternoon. Thanks for sharing your ideas and for the link-back.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 09-16-2012 07:01 PM

You could achieve the same effect on the Ash by mixing silica with your stain to a paste, padding on, let dry and then burnishing cross grain with burlap till all is gone but the filled pores. Light sand to bare wood and top coat. This was often a novelty finish in the 40’s with pink or green filler, a wash coat to seal and then a different colour applied over all.
The triangle riser and sloped ends on the insert work real well here. Too bad you couldn’t have shifted the base a little to the right and centred the curve, but I’ve been caught on this before and had to take my lumps. I probably would have brought out the insert slightly more to avoid the end gap (pic 5) and a slight front to back slope on the vertical piece might be pleasing as well.
Nice design, well done. BTW, what was the Chinese verdict?

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

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#8 posted 10-23-2012 03:39 AM

Lucas…..get stuffed, go away.

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

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