Vintage Box

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Project by KnickKnack posted 04-16-2013 12:07 PM 1602 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(I call it “Vintage” since, even though it’s only a week old, it already looks old and beaten up!)

I thought it might be amusing to try to wrap some veneer around a 90° (slightly more, in fact) curve. Well, like Queen Victoria, I was not amused. Aside from the clamping difficulty (no veneer vacuum available), it was a nightmare to sand. Still, no matter, it was just an experiment, and, even if all the veneer peels off, I’ll still have a little pine box!
I made it solid, then contoured it, then veneered it, then sawed the top off, finished it, and added the handle.

Thanks go, again, to Gene with helpful veneering hints – I think I might soon have to work out how to ship a crate of Port to Canada.

Grain highlighting – courtesy of RottenStone.

Pine and unknown veneer. Ash handle. Danish Oil finish.
About 18cm x 10cm x 8 cm.

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

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#1 posted 04-16-2013 01:04 PM

Even with a vacuum bag at my disposal, I’d love to know how you did it. That is bold, difficult and very nicely done for a neophyte veneer worker. It’s a lovely evocative period style.
Now that you’re freed from the tyranny of your limited available selection of solid wood we expect great things from you. Capital G.

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

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 01:34 PM

I usually look at the pictures before I read the description. As I look I think how I would make it. Solid piece round over the edge. Then I read its veneer. Wow, nice job. Veneer aside. I like the design and the black base is a nice touch.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 01:44 PM

“Vintage” indeed :-)

Reminds me of the sign someone posted here a while back. It said something like

“Antiques… made to order”

Heh heh… nice box!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 04-16-2013 03:52 PM

I think it looks great.
I’ve done some veneering around corners without a press as well.
I did it with hide glue and a veneer hammer.
Here’s a web album that may help you next time.
It’s always good to see people experimenting with the boundaries of veneering.
Keep us posted.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 04-16-2013 04:13 PM


Very nice… and you learned something!

Thank you for sharing your experiences… and creation…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 04-16-2013 04:23 PM

Nice piece, great journey!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 04-16-2013 04:26 PM

It’s really nice looking, KnickKnack. Congratulations.

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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#8 posted 04-16-2013 05:22 PM

vipond33: Now that you’re freed from the tyranny of your limited available selection of solid wood we expect great things from you. Capital G.

That phrase made me smile. If only it were so easy to be free of tyranny.
The jury is still out here in sunny Portugal on the veneer thing. I’ve done a few bits, and enjoyed it (well, mostly), but it’s a different way of thinking. As you know, I’m really a silhouette kinda guy and its use has caused me to redirect a little away from “How shapes join” and, too often now, imo, I’m thinking “ah ha – I can put a bit of veneer on that”. Still, it’s all a work in progress.
Ah, the elusive capital G. – nowt like a bit of pressure.

joein10asee: “Vintage” indeed :-)

In my defense I did qualify it – not like I did something off the wall and titled this “Full sized piano…” or anything :-)
However, your comment prompted me to look into the actual definition of the word, and, aside from the wine applications, I got… ”Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.”
So I guess I misused the word too.

shipwright: Here’s a web album that may help you next time.

Thanks for that – I’m studying it. I even had to look up what a veneer hammer was. And we do have a whole load of rabbits running around…..

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

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#9 posted 04-16-2013 11:37 PM

Tis very kool

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

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#10 posted 04-17-2013 12:24 AM

Lovely design, to me it has a wonderful Art Deco feel.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 04-17-2013 10:45 AM

Yeah, freaked me out too! I’m looking at it, thinking what’s wrong with this picture?
The effect is very cool!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#12 posted 04-18-2013 02:01 AM

I really like that rounded over & veneered look. With the slanted ends and the sharp corners there is a lot going on. It takes a bit to take it all in, but I’d call it a successful experiment

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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