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Project by KnickKnack posted 12-23-2013 05:20 PM 1658 views 16 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been about 3 weeks on this one, but, as you’ll recall I don’t work very hard – maybe 3 hours a day on average.
About half my time these days seems to consist of looking for exactly the right piece of wood with exactly the right grain pattern in exactly the right orientation. Since such a piece rarely exists, it takes a long time. Another half of my time consists of working out what to do next – sure, I have a drawing, but once the first cut is made that starts to change. Another half on this project was spent trying to work out how to bevel edges on such small legs. Add yet another half trying to work out how to glue the legs on and you can see that I do almost no actual work at all!

My original drawings for this were from about a year ago. I made the “container” bit, then panicked, which resulted in several days finding the right piece of beech to make legs I didn’t use…

So I went back to “Plan A” – the original, funky leg version.
First with ULQF (Ultra-low quality fibreboard)...

Then I tweaked that and made some real legs with mahogany…

But they just weren’t really the right colour, or, in fact, size.
So I ended up back at beech – the side of the plank (which, I guess, makes it quartersawn) in order to avoid grain direction.

Glueing up was somewhat tortuous – not a useable right-angle in sight – this is how the last leg got glued on…

It’s ended up a bit strange.
Things look like they aren’t level, but they are.
That they’re not straight, but they are.
That the top isn’t square, but it is.
Maybe that’s success, or maybe not.

Aggressively fumed oak, unknown veneer strip, mahogany on the corners, fumed beech legs.
Finished with Linseed oil.
88mm square x 160mm high.

-- "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 12-23-2013 05:38 PM

Very unique. I like it. I can relate to your situation too. I spend way too much time thinking about the next steps.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 05:51 PM

Optical illusions can jar the brain and make one want to reach for a nice cold beer. It’s a nice piece and I’ll bet that you enjoyed the making of it.

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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#3 posted 12-23-2013 06:40 PM

Very unique. What’s the intended purpose?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 06:49 PM

Looks like you are into Crossed Legs… sexy legs… LOL
... COOL… Very COOL way of doing it!

Unique… Clever…

Thinking Out of the Box…

Very nice!

Thank you!

Merry Christmas!
... and Happy New Year!

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

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 06:50 PM

What’s the intended purpose?
I first checked to make sure you aren’t an ether-based incarnation of my wife, which you appear not to be :)
To be brutally honest, it never had an intended purpose.
I was always aware that, later on, I could make the “look, you can put something in here”, argument.
But also that it probably wouldn’t fly.

Reflecting on the finished thing – I’m now looking for a chubby, square candle.
In times future, of course, I will claim that to have been the intent all along.

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

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 07:47 PM

I like it. Very cool.

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#7 posted 12-23-2013 07:53 PM

Great work… and attitude

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 12-23-2013 09:04 PM

Very nice and unique…I think the intended purpose is just having fun in the shop.
I personally like the process of constantly changing ideas and designs…it somehow keeps my brain thinking and trying to be creative.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#9 posted 12-23-2013 09:36 PM

well done… super cool design!

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#10 posted 12-23-2013 09:44 PM

Excellent! Evolving desings are the best kind.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 12-23-2013 10:32 PM

Great style – Clever work – love it – First time I have seen your work & I think its fantastic ! Your projects are all very inspiring well done :

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#12 posted 12-23-2013 10:39 PM

It’s a great design.

It’s something that when someone sees it they will want to stop and look further. A real attention grabber.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#13 posted 12-23-2013 11:47 PM

Very impressive piece ! I love the artistic aspect in wood working.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#14 posted 12-24-2013 12:44 AM

A very interesting piece. I really like it.

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#15 posted 12-24-2013 12:48 AM

Fabulous looking design and a wonderful unique and imaginative box. Its purpose is to look good!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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