"Reconstructing Home"

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Project by Triumph1 posted 12-30-2014 02:25 PM 3567 views 7 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Through your life your parents are your rock. They are there for you and support you in ways that are not always simple or seen. They provide you with the guidance needed to one day go out into the world and become the person you want to be…whatever that direction may be.

This is what ran through my head when I was designing “Reconstructing Home”. A majority of the box components came from my childhood home. The limestone rock is from the pile in the backyard. The support structure and lid insert are from a Maple tree we cut down and turned into lumber over eight years ago. The hinges are made from an Ironwood tree that was in the front yard but had to be removed….I saved a piece off the firewood pile. The box body was created out of an old cedar seat from a small boat we used to have. The box is lined with the remnants of my sister’s old leather jacket.

The major difficulty in creating the box was leveling everything. First came leveling the limestone rock. I did that by hammer drilling into the bottom of it and epoxying in 1/4” dowels. These dowels could be sanded to level the rock. The main two bases were next. To first start the bases I used a compass and a piece of paper to do a top scribe of the rock cavity I was trying to fit into. After cutting those out I had to pick the level they would sit out. I made special “sleds” that I would attach the bases to and slide them in and out of the rock. I would carve out the bottoms until they fit perfectly into the rock face. Before final shaping I hammer drilled into the rock and epoxied in 1/4” aluminum dowels. I attached center points to these and then slid the base into it to mark the dowel locations finally drilling out the bases. This kept everything level so I had good level bases to design and attach all the mechanics to. The mechanics do operate by turning the threaded wooden “pin” at the back but their main job is to just level off the I-Beam support structure/box.

“Reconstructing Home” is 33” x 11” x 11”. It was finished with three soakings of Danish Oil followed by two buffings of Briwax.

If you were wondering the box was a gift to my father. The hug afterwards made all the work completely worth it. Keep making that sawdust everyone and Happy Holidays!

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

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 02:36 PM

Jeff, that is just so cool and amazing in ways I haven’t even thought of yet (but I will as I continue to take it in). There is so much to like about it, your thought process at the top of the list.
I do understand the enjoyment of ties to the past. The front door knob on my shop is from the trimmed limb of a walnut tree we had in a past yard years ago.

This one is spectacular in all it’s many ways!


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 12-30-2014 02:37 PM

Oh my! That thing is FANTASTIC ! I love how you formed the wood fit the rock. Beautiful job!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 12-30-2014 02:40 PM

Wait…. what’s that sound? Sounds like a million crickets chirping …
Oh I know. THAT’s the sound of people CLICKING your home page link to go look at what other wonderful projects you have there to see.

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#4 posted 12-30-2014 02:46 PM

Very cool indeed. So many “connections”.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 12-30-2014 02:50 PM

The descriptive words for this; Awesome, beautiful, amazing will go fast for this piece. This is so cool. Thanks for sharing this

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#6 posted 12-30-2014 02:57 PM

good grief jeff, this is fantastic, just getting through the complexities on this is a feat in itself, i can’t think of any words to really put to this, its really quite amazing, i just love it….this i think is surely on the top of my list as favorites on lumberjocks…i bet that hug was maybe a down payment , with more hugs to come, superb….

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

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#7 posted 12-30-2014 03:44 PM

You have some imagination there, buddy. wow

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#8 posted 12-30-2014 03:56 PM

The thinking on this one is totally out of the ‘box’! Masterful! You are an inspiration! Thank you!

The best to you in 2015!
Regards, Roman

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

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#9 posted 12-30-2014 04:03 PM

This is sooooo coooool! I love it. I have made a lot of construction equipment for the grandkids but would have never thought of this combination! Great imagination and artistry!! Wow.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#10 posted 12-30-2014 04:20 PM

My first thought when I saw it was a toy you made for the kids…but as I read you post I realized it is so much more than that. Awesome…!

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#11 posted 12-30-2014 04:21 PM

Great design and even better story.

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#12 posted 12-30-2014 04:37 PM

Jeff this is amazing. I can’t think of any more words that haven’t already been said to praise this project, the reason for its construction and your skill level. Outstanding!

-- Dale, Ohio

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#13 posted 12-30-2014 04:53 PM

Very cool. Sounds like you had some terrific parents.


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#14 posted 12-30-2014 05:02 PM

Very Creative. Wish I had 1/10th of your ability.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#15 posted 12-30-2014 06:49 PM

You are so cool. Dang.
Even the screws are all nice and shiny.

Well done Jeff. What a wonderful tribute.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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