This entry is, as much as anything, a look into my somewhat chaotic design process. I never commit a design to paper other than a concept sketch as I prefer to design as I go based on the feel I’m getting from the piece. The idea here was to mount this “box” on a tree similar to “Cabinetree”, so the first challenge became finding the angles of the faces where the mounting points will go and planning a structure that will offer those angles and surfaces to fit this shape.
In boat building you are almost never dealing with straight lines or known angles but rather with curves and constantly changing angles. This background is probably why I don’t plan and diagram my parts ahead but rather take angles from the work and then scribe and fit “piece to piece” if that makes any sense to you. Here I am taking “planning angles” from the dodecahedron to help me design the base parts.
This is a sketch that I will use to determine rough angles and plan grain orientations on order to make up three support members. The base angles are not equal.
I found a 1 1/2” Garry Oak board on my pile beside the shop that looked like a candidate. It’s not easy to see in this photo but some of the pieces are laid out on it in order to maximize yield while still getting all the grain orientations right.
The pieces have been cut and are now ready to glue. These fits should be glue-able right off the band saw. The grain orientations are arranged for maximum strength and stepped scarf joints are used.
Here the pieces are glued up and sanded flat. There is extra wood left on two of the pieces to allow for “character” to be carved in allowing the individual branches to be different. The angle cuts have been made to fit the three pieces together in the center of the trunk.
Preliminary assembly done and the pieces held together with a few hidden dowels and a small cinch, the box is being scribed and fitted slowly down to it’s final position. Care must be taken to assure that the box is perfectly level when the angles are scribed.
”A funny thing happened” when I got the box fitted into the base. It started to look like a gem mounted in a ring setting. The tree idea started to fade and a more “elegant” base began to look like a better option. At this point I have made the three pieces a lot more alike and symmetrical but I’m still not sure what the base will look like. It could still become a tree, but I’m leaning toward something more formal at the moment. I think I’ll sleep on it.
That’s it for this time, I hope this wasn’t too boring. Next time should involve more interesting stuff.
Thanks for dropping in
Comments, critiques, questions and today only base design suggestions are welcome.
That last line just made me think “Why don’t I start a project and build it step by step following your directions rather than mine, you know like the camel, designed by committee?”
I’d be interested to know who’s up for that.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/