Wedding Gift

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Project by KnickKnack posted 06-12-2016 11:26 AM 1540 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In a few months my wife’s sisters’ son will be getting married – good excuse, thought I, to make something for a gift and this, my “Two cups of coffee and a packet of biscuits please”, was an obvious contender – I’ve made quite a lot of them and they’re actually pretty useful.
I’ve been, as you can see, experimenting with plywood recently, and the “free stripes” seemed an obvious choice to use in this version with obvious “Art Deco” leanings.
I wanted a “quasi- piano finish” on the base, so I finished that first before (careful) assembly – 5 coats of danish, rubbed down and on with grits up to 2000, then I removed my fingerprints with rottenstone.
I also tried my hand at a couple of little dovetails.
Not much in terms of the construction, other than, perhaps, this “sacrificial zero-clearance insert” on the router table – very small bits had their chamfered edges done this way with no personal risk.

Personally I think the handle design is weak, but, after the two of the other kind of week trying to come up with something better, I ran out of patience.

Mahogany, plywood, unknown veneer.

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

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Stephen Fox

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#1 posted 06-12-2016 02:46 PM

I think the handle is a little high and needs something added, something roundish to make it more obvious that it is to be picked up. Great execution as always. Now i have to go rescue some plywood cut offs from the trash.

-- Stephen NYS

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 06-12-2016 04:18 PM

COOL lil tote!

They will LOVE it!

Great design…

Great Job!

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

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#3 posted 06-12-2016 05:10 PM

Has your signature in it’s making.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 06-13-2016 05:32 AM

I’m sure they are useful. Beautiful and unusual design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-13-2016 08:17 AM

Great beautiful build. Nice dovetailing. A slight curve in the middle of handle….only a suggestion.
Good wood workers are bad at presenting their beautiful work.

-- shuja

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#6 posted 06-13-2016 12:23 PM

Very modern and classy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 06-16-2016 12:57 PM

It doesn’t mean they aren’t around here, but I have never seen something like this in the USofA. Baltic birch plywood is popular here with some folks because of the 13 layers that are often left exposed on the edge as an aesthetic touch. You have done very well. I hope your gift gets plenty of use because that would be the biggest compliment. Take care.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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