Walkaway Cabinet

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Project by Simeond posted 02-26-2013 at 07:10 PM 2344 views 16 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was taking a “goofing around” break from paid work and decided to play with the lathe. It was my first time doing any off-center turning (really I don’t have much of any turning experience) and ended up with a spindle that looked an awful lot like an animal leg. I had a krenov-style cabinet design I had been thinking about and decided I’d combine that design with my turning experiment! So, one design-decision-on-the-fly after another, and I ended up with this playful two-legged stand-up cabinet.

The curved part of the “leg” which goes up the cabinet is bent lamination. It attaches to the cabinet with numerous dowels and glue.

The cabinet is quite solid. That is, the feet stay sturdy on the ground and the box itself is ridged. However, due to the skinny diameter of the turned legs, there is a slight “bobble head”-type wobble to the whole thing. I thought about adding a “tail” or something to give a third leg, but in the end decided to leave it as part of the whimsical feel.

This was surely an adventure. I welcome any and all critique.

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 at 07:13 PM

this is really quite beautiful, but i do have to say from the side view, i expect it to start walking…i love every detail here, from the legs to the door knobs…the inclusion on the door really adds to this piece…quite stunning…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 at 07:19 PM

That is a unique piece….certainly a one of a kind build, I like it. Great job Simon

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 at 07:28 PM

This is definitely a fun fine piece

-- Patrice lejeune

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 at 07:32 PM




-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 at 07:56 PM

Whimsical, humorous, animated,unusual,and very well crafted. Just fun to stare at it and be amused.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 at 08:12 PM

Make it walk! (laughing) Nice work, impressive design.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 at 08:29 PM

Great design on a unique piece.

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 at 10:14 PM

Thats a fun and beautiful piece! its always good to get out and play :)

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 at 11:21 PM

This is a really cool functional piece of art, made me go back and look at your projects, all pretty cool.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#10 posted 02-27-2013 at 01:07 AM

great design! looks like it is from a fairy tale or cartoon. made me smile

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#11 posted 02-27-2013 at 02:31 AM

I love it. Thumbs up mate.

-- Dave -

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#12 posted 02-27-2013 at 03:08 AM

I think I would be scared to have this in my house…I’d be afraid it would kill me in my sleep or something.

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#13 posted 02-27-2013 at 04:16 AM

Awesome. Kind of looks like it would follow you around. I bet it would sell!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#14 posted 02-27-2013 at 04:48 AM

Quite unusual and a wonderful conversation piece. Nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 02-27-2013 at 05:49 AM


-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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