A Box by Robinson Crusoe?

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 2203 days ago 2745 views 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is taking ‘rustic’ to the extreme. My inspiration for this competition entry was a heap of driftwood that has been cluttering up my woodstore for some time. It came from the North Sea coast and so it’s anything but sun-bleached!

As is often the case with things I make, the materials dictated the end product, but even more so with this ‘project’ as I tried to avoid, as much as possible, cutting the wood. In accordance with the rules, it’s certainly recycled ‘junk’; it’s probably unique. As for ‘special’, mmm?

Most of the fixings were rusty ‘finds’, including a number of old horseshoe nails. I like to think it’s the sort of thing Robinson Crusoe might have knocked together on his desert island & it’s a good rehearsal should it ever happen to me!

Whatever, it’s been a change from dovetails and lustrous finishes!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 2203 days ago

Very unique and cool project. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 2203 days ago

You have a wonderful creativity Stewart. I really like your projects.

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#3 posted 2203 days ago

Wow! Great creativity as always, Stewart! And some nice photography as well. This entry will be hard to beat!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2203 days ago

Oh Friday, could you bring the created wine for dinner?

Nice Work!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 2203 days ago

I love it. Your choice of the moss covered wall backdrop was spot on too! Kinda reminds me of an old fish trap.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 2203 days ago

Stewart, amazing creativity as always.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#7 posted 2203 days ago

I like the “joinery” on this piece.

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#8 posted 2203 days ago

Ha … I get your drift….Great project!
My only question, did you use a rock for a hammer?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#9 posted 2203 days ago

Very cool, Yorkie! I don’t think I would try to use your surfboard if you used the same building technique.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 2203 days ago

Creative, neat, great idea.

-- Do the best you can with what little you've got.

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#11 posted 2203 days ago

First class rustic!

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 2203 days ago

Very unique!

Did you have tour man Friday scavenge for the material?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 2203 days ago

Great piece Mr. Stewart. You are my inspiration. Love your choice of wood mixture and color. What kind of stain did you use. Also are those through tenons I see?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 2203 days ago

Dearest Lumberjocks, thanks again for your comments and your wonderful humour.

Jockmike – I didn’t have to sand it (!). And believe it or not all the hues are natural; finished with salt water. Those tenons are just for show. Its real strength lies in the mitred secret dovetails – Not to be taken into account in your voting!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#15 posted 2203 days ago

Great use of found materials. A truly unique piece. You had the courage. Perhaps I’ll wander up the North Shore and see what I can find.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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