"A Bit Drafty"

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Project by Triumph1 posted 06-26-2014 12:56 PM 3367 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Paying homage to the old way of doing things. My college education had me starting as an architecture major. In the end I didn’t enjoy the teaching methods as much as a did the hand drafting. I absolutely loved doing ink on mylar! Many of my boxes still begin life on an old drafting table or light table…with the use of my trusty 45º and 30º/60º drafting triangles. This love is what inspired “A Bit Drafty”.

The Zebra wood 45º and 30º/60º drafting triangle legs are designed to pull your eye to the polished crotch black walnut lid. This is done by shape and grain orientation. I further enhanced it by using pyrography to extend the 30º/60º line to the lid. The main body of the box is made from black walnut. 1/8” black walnut was used to attach the legs and, on the 45º side, strengthen the joint.

Finish on “A Bit Drafty” is three soakings of Danish Oil. The body and legs of the box received a satin wax and the lid was buffed to a high gloss using the Beall buffing system. Its dimensions are 13.5” x 4” x 4.75”.

Well I hope you enjoy it…keep making that sawdust!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 01:07 PM

I think that is very cool. Your personalization of adding wood drafting tools as legs is very clever.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 01:10 PM

Another great box! I see you are up to your usual tricks Jeff, creating unusual and very appealing box designs. Some folks like yourself seem able to just snatch inspiration out of the air while the rest of us are just struggling to copy someone else’s ideas. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 01:30 PM

Jeff, great box. I too remember drafting class in high school (no CAD at that time). Although I do use Sketch-up like you I turn my set squares, drafting scale and Staedler drafting set (from my university days) more often than not. Your creativity and imagination always amaze me. Thanks for another inspiring box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 01:43 PM

Ahhh – that brings back memories. Long hours at the drafting table – but I really enjoyed the sense of craftsmanship that came with the personal detail you could put into a drawing.

I too still have all my drafting equipment – except the table

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 01:50 PM

NICE BIT OF WORK. I like the old ways of doing things. Makes one think! Enhances creativity!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#6 posted 06-26-2014 02:38 PM

This is certainly different. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 02:51 PM

Wonderful box Jeff. It seams like a lot us out here have some drafting background. Architectural drafting was the only class in high school I got straight A’s in. I too still have all my drafting tools.

-- Jim, Minnesota

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#8 posted 06-26-2014 02:52 PM

Crazy like a fox you are.
That is wonderful Jeff. You do the most creative stuff.
Wonderful wood and finish too.

At least you didn’t design in a slide rule.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 06-26-2014 02:59 PM

glad to see your still busy with the wood, this one has a few angles to it….for sure its not like the one you put in the contest, my gosh that was fabulous…..were you keeping that one or selling it….ive got a walnut i cut down and sent to the sawyer waiting for me….was glad to see you posting….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 06-26-2014 03:01 PM

it looks like if you type certain words it turns them into an advertisement… know the real big tall plants that grow that we use for wood….well if you type that word it highlights it and turns in into an add…i am not happy about that at all….i really use to like lumberjocks, but if there going to do that in a post that i type, then im going to reduce my activity here.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 06-26-2014 03:55 PM

Really cool. You certainly have a style that’s all your own.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#12 posted 06-26-2014 04:24 PM

Very nice, and very creative, a good looking box for sure.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#13 posted 06-26-2014 04:28 PM

Very cool!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#14 posted 06-26-2014 05:05 PM

Interesting design. So if you liked inking mylar you should try freehand drawing on it with a bottle of India ink and a small 00 brush – pure pleasure!

-- woodNfish

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#15 posted 06-26-2014 06:32 PM

Nice! I’m an old pencil pusher.

-- Doug...

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