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A Box by Robinson Crusoe?

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 07-19-2008 04:10 PM 2771 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. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems





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trifern

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#1 posted 07-19-2008 04:22 PM

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 07-19-2008 04:42 PM

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

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#3 posted 07-19-2008 05:05 PM

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 07-19-2008 05:09 PM

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

Nice Work!!

Lew

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

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#5 posted 07-19-2008 05:12 PM

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 07-19-2008 05:40 PM

Stewart, amazing creativity as always.

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

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#7 posted 07-19-2008 05:44 PM

I like the “joinery” on this piece.

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#8 posted 07-19-2008 06:09 PM

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 07-19-2008 06:33 PM

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 07-19-2008 07:18 PM

Creative, neat, great idea.

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

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#11 posted 07-19-2008 07:23 PM

First class rustic!

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 07-19-2008 07:55 PM

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. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 07-19-2008 07:59 PM

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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YorkshireStewart

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#14 posted 07-19-2008 08:38 PM

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. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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#15 posted 07-19-2008 11:07 PM

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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