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Project by KnickKnack posted 10-03-2012 03:34 PM 1524 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I seem to have spent a lot of time over the last year or so fighting my tendency to produce what was once described here as “chunky” pieces.
Well, I decided, for this piece at least, to give up that fight and just “go with it”, or, as someone sagely pointed out to me, to “play to my strength”. It was quite liberating actually – those usual challenges in my head, such as ”that’ll be really heavy” or ”too much visible end-grain” were met with ”yeah, so? I don’t care” answers.
The design itself is based, as usual at the moment, around triangles – I’ve been trying to work out how to do these kind of triangle legs for a while now, and then it suddenly struck me to use inverse triangle cross pieces on the bottom – obvious when you look at it, but is just hadn’t popped into my head until then – I think you’re going to see this in a few more pieces from me shortly.

Originally it was going to be a stool, and it still is if you chose to sit on it.
But it’s also a table.
I was trial fitting it together and I couldn’t bear to cut out the “normal” hand-hold in the middle that you might expect in a stool.
Clamping was, as usual a challenge – here you can see every clamp I possess bar one being used to clamp together just one side – there are a lot of wood meetings going on…

Claw-dee-puss likes it, as you can see in picture 2, as did the wife who was in a very good mood, obviously, when she said ”It’s lovely – one of the best things you’ve made”

Ash and Jatoba. 49cm x 28cm x 27cm high. Linseed oil finish.

All comments, positive or negative, red or green, up or down, sane or insane, most welcome.

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





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 10-03-2012 04:35 PM

NICE COOL Bench / stool!

Love it!

Unique design… Simple…

Nice cat too… Siamese or Himalayan? We used to raise them a few decades ago…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 04:57 PM

Oh, I like this a lot! Especially the gap in the legs. And the lines of the feet. And the way the panel across the top ties the whole “divided in two” theme together. I would certainly not call this “chunky” but rather “robust.” For goodness sake, it is strong enough to hold a cat! I don’t think a handle in the middle of the contrasting stripe would have been a bad thing – but it IS your stool/table (stable?). I am going to try to copy this one.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 04:59 PM

Nice use of space ..the gaps

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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#4 posted 10-03-2012 09:25 PM

I like the beefy look, and the clean lines—great job on this piece!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 10-03-2012 09:53 PM

I like the stoutness of it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#6 posted 10-03-2012 10:53 PM

Great looking. Nice job for chunky wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 10-04-2012 01:23 PM

Only two hours to go till your numbers go nuts as you scale the mountain to the top 3, but even if you die on the slopes I would say that you’ve finally found the number of chunk style. This is superb, right up there with the Andar Proibido, the Reitveld and the Megalithic box. You nailed the silhouette and the grain flow though my favourite detail is the angled under-brace. Your wife is quite right and I will be copying this.
gene

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

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#8 posted 10-04-2012 02:29 PM

Very nice!! Creative design, great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 10-04-2012 02:33 PM

I guess all of my stuff would be “chunky”. Hate flimsy stuff. Nice job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 10-04-2012 02:44 PM

Really nice you nailed it on this one. And I have to admit I like them chunky as well.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#11 posted 10-05-2012 02:49 PM

Nice, unique piece! I believe Gene said it all except Wow! Looked at your projects and I would say “Bold” vs. “Chunky’. I should make such “chunky” pieces!

You did play to your strengths.

Really groggy this AM. Looking through many projects. First one that caugth and held my eye.

Thankyou for posting this project.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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KnickKnack

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#12 posted 10-05-2012 05:06 PM

Thanks to all for the kind comments…

Nice cat too… Siamese or Himalayan?
He’s a castaway – either from some people who didn’t want him, or a mother who didn’t want him, or couldn’t keep him, or….
We think siamese.

I would certainly not call this “chunky” but rather “robust.”
We also have ”stout”, ”beefy” and ”bold”.
You say tomato, I say tomato :-)

Only two hours to go till your numbers go nuts as you scale the mountain to the top 3, but even if you die on the slopes I would say that you’ve finally found the number of chunk style
Some freak gusts of wind pushed other projects to the summit before me – so there at the top you’ll find some mushrooms and a bench – excellent combination, in my view :-)

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

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#13 posted 10-06-2012 09:40 PM

KnickKnack

Nice cat too… Siamese or Himalayan?
He’s a castaway – either from some people who didn’t want him, or a mother who didn’t want him, or couldn’t keep him, or….
We think siamese.

WOW!

It looks to be Pure Bred too… with people paying $75 – $100 for them!

Nice kitty…

If it makes a lot of noise, probably Siamese; else, Himalayan…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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