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Project by Triumph1 posted 03-30-2010 03:00 AM 7269 views 71 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I thought to myself…why not do a design where the splines support the legs. It seemed a little uncommon but I knew I could make it work….and the design work for “Spiker” began. To make it even more of a challenge I made the shape of the box taper upwards. By doing this each of the three splines, that strengthen the box and hold a leg, is a different size. They become smaller as they go up. Overall the design is very solid, low to the ground, but the taper draws your eye straight up to the tip of the spike. In the end I think I was heavily influenced by our beloved family member, Spike, the best dachshund around:-)

The body of the box is constructed of Curly Maple with a Leopard Wood base. The splines are Paduak and they extend into the legs which are made from a glue-up of Curly Maple and Pomelle Sapele. They are then topped off with a chrome spike. The Pomelle Sapele has to be one of the most beautiful woods I ever used. The movement in the figure is mesmerizing.

The lid is made from Leopard Wood with a Birdseye Maple cap. Both have been tapered to draw the eye up. It is also topped off with a chrome spike that plays double duty as the handle to the lid.

There are two lift out trays and one base divider to the box. They are all made from Hawaiian Koa. The trays use box-joint construction. The dividers in the two trays are Curly Maple. The two trays naturally lower themselves into the box by air pressure. All have been lined with red velvet.

Finish was Boiled Linseed Oil followed by three coats of Low Sheen Tung Oil. After that came two buffings with BriWax.

“Spiker” is roughly 13” x 9.5” x 7.25”.

Enjoy and keep making sawdust!

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

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 03:11 AM

well …..i know for sure this isn’t my style…, but you did a masterful job..i think its beautiful…and the craftsmanship is bar none…i have to say..when i see your project listed in my inbox…i know im in for a treat…and you haven’t let me down yet… was a slow night…but things just got jazzed….congrats sir get an A++.. on this one…but i will have to take issue on your buddy spike…watch for my next post here…we might be in for a battle …LOL…..... you’ll see why…........grizzman

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

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 03:23 AM

Hey Spiker,
Now that is a sweet design and well finished…good job.

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 03:24 AM

Well, where do I start? This is simply stunning. It is both bold and elegant and the silver spikes are a perfect compliment. As always, the wood combos are perfect as well as the finish. I have been wanting to try some similar legs but attached with bars or something. I think this may be your best piece yet. How long did it take you to make this one?
Absolutely gorgeous, thanks for posting Jeff!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#4 posted 03-30-2010 03:24 AM

Jeff, the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into your projects is amazing. This is an awesome piece of woodwork.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 03:36 AM

that is a very impressive box. fantastic workmanship.

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#6 posted 03-30-2010 03:44 AM

Wow, that is amazing! Having the legs supported like that gives it a space age look. I really like it and would love to incorporate the leg design in a future project. Keep on imagining and building, you do excellent work!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#7 posted 03-30-2010 03:46 AM

Hi again Jeff,
Don’t really know where to start or what to say other than STOP MAKING US LOOK BAD!! lol,

Your work is again in a class of it’s own, it amazes me that you keep coming up with these creations… can you pass along some of your creativity for those of us that are challenged in that department… looks like you have plenty to share…

Keep up the GREAT WORK my friend… really curious to see how you will top this one… love the splines holding the legs, very cool idea…
Perhaps some glass splines to hold the legs next time? or more glass included like the “eye of the beholder”

Anyways, I certainly don’t have the qualifications to give you advise… just can’t wait to see what you put out next…

PS: If you ever need a place to display one (or two, or all) of these amazing creations, I have a spot on the center of my coffee table…. :)

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#8 posted 03-30-2010 03:49 AM

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

#9 posted 03-30-2010 04:18 AM

Very uniique, reminds me of a simular one the I have made. CLICK HERE TO VIEW Once on welcome page click “SEE INSIDE SPECIAL BOX”


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#10 posted 03-30-2010 04:21 AM

Exquisite detail, design and craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 03-30-2010 04:29 AM

Wow, nice work, very creative design!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#12 posted 03-30-2010 04:40 AM

Stunning is the word. Brilliant design and craftsmanship!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 03-30-2010 04:41 AM

That is a beauty – great wood selection, finish, execution and design. I’d hate to accidentally sit on it though :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 03-30-2010 05:33 AM

Wow and double triple Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Charlie said it: “STUNNING” with a capitol S….......
You just keep raising the bar.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#15 posted 03-30-2010 06:14 AM

Very neat. Imagine larger projects with the legs attached that way….hmmmm:] REALLY like it.

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