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Project by xylosapiens posted 2223 days ago 1817 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At the very beggining I had nothing but a small dark room and a few hobbyist tools. I thought that building furnitures was basically nothing but constructing big boxes. So I began making boxes, small ones. It was a good approach in two senses: one, in a small box no failure can be hidden, you take it in to your hands and you can turn it in any direction, so it is an interesting quality standard for exigent handworkers; two, I had a lot to learn about wood ’s structures, behaviour, joints, finishes, ... and most of those elements where applied to excesive complex solutions. And I didn’t like it. So I tried the simplest volumen I could imagine and choose only one element to define it aesthetically. And then I tried it in many sizes. This is one of the results.
Cuando empece en un pequeño cuarto y con unas pocas herramientas de aficionado, pensé que construir muebles en madera era una cuestión basicamente de hacer cajas grandes. Fue un planteamiento útil, porque una caja no permite ocultar fallos; uno las puede coger entre sus manos y darles vueltas para verlas desde cualquier ángulo; por lo tanto, puede constituirse en un un standard de trabajo exigente para un artesano. Además descubrí que tenía que aprender acerca de estructuras de madera, su comportamiento, ensambles, acabados, ... Muchos de estos aspectos se incorporan en los diseños tradicionales con soluciones que, en general, me parecen recargadas, que me resultaban excesivas. Así que me decidí a construir el volumen más sencillo que pudiera imaginar con un único elemento que definiera esteticamente el conjunto. Y este es uno de los resultados.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS





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sIKE

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#1 posted 2223 days ago

Man that is nice looking I love how the lid and the top lip of the box are scalloped. Impressive work.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Bradford

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#2 posted 2223 days ago

You definitely think outside of the box. another great build. I am making you a favorite of mine in the the sidebar.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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xylosapiens

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#3 posted 2223 days ago

Thank you very much. I feel great: I live in a society where woodwork is no longer appreciate, so one can not expect recognition or the right payment for one’s work. So I feel thankful because of your comments.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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Blake

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#4 posted 2223 days ago

Wow, that’s beautiful! I like all of the small versions in your last photo, too. Very creative. What kind of wood is that?

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 2223 days ago

Wonderful details in your work !!! Shows a lot of craftsmanship skills to say the least : ) I appreciate your work and don’t feel too bad about where you are at . Nobody wants to pay us for our time spent making beautiful things from wood no matter where you live . Have a wonderful day and keep making sawdust , my friend : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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xylosapiens

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#6 posted 2223 days ago

It´s a kind of mahogany.
Thank you to all of you.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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Woodhacker

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#7 posted 2222 days ago

Alejandro, this is really nice work! I love what you did with the lid. It makes it look like the box is one solid piece of wood and the top was just broken off of it. Really cool.

-- Martin, Kansas

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miles125

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#8 posted 2222 days ago

Very creative Alejandro. Your table full of small boxes reminds me of something i’d do. Keep plugging along at an idea until it culminates into the beautiful chest you’ve made.

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

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YorkshireStewart

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#9 posted 2222 days ago

Just when I thought I’d seen every possible approach to boxmaking and then you come along! This is exciting stuff Alejandro.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Zuki

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#10 posted 2222 days ago

Really unique. The box almost looks alive.

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Callum Kendall

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#11 posted 2222 days ago

Great work!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Dan'um Style

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#12 posted 2222 days ago

sweet work

welcome to lumberjocks

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trifern

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#13 posted 2222 days ago

Cool!

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

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OutPutter

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#14 posted 2221 days ago

How many of those boxes have swallowed somebody? Are there teeth inside? Is it safe to handle them?

Very frightening…but also good.

(In case the humor doesn’t translate very well, I’m joking. You’ve done a magnificent job of creating a unique work from a sometimes common form – the box.)

-- Jim

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SteveKorz

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#15 posted 2165 days ago

Very Cool!... that is really creative.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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