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Project by KnickKnack posted 08-11-2018 04:02 PM 1722 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years back we met an Australian couple nearby our house in Portalegre, Portugal. Since then, more or less once a year when they come travelling to Europe, we try to meet up with them, wherever that might be – this year it will be in October in Sicily.
I thought it was about time I made them something, and my “Two cups of coffee and a packet of biscuits please” was an obvious choice – I’ve made a lot of these, most of which have been given away – they’re all unique, and actually very useful to boot.
But there was a new challenge here – they’ll be travelling a very very long way home, and I didn’t want them to feel that they couldn’t buy what “genuine” souvenirs they wanted since half their bag was already filled with my gift – not to mention that baggage handlers are not the most careful of people.
So that was the challenge – a “flat pack” version that took up minimal space and weight.
As ever, once you see the “answer” (I’m sure there are many, but it took me a while to come up with this one), it’s blindingly obvious.
We’re all of us wine drinkers, so I decided to use pieces from the many wine cases I have – and also to make the handle a little higher – this one is also a “Two glasses of wine and a … please”.
It came out pretty well – quite lightweight and very sturdy – chiseling is not my strong point, so the mortises are a bit, well, not so good.
In the unlikely event that anyone is interested in the specific cases I used, they’re as follows…
The base – 2004 José Carvalho Alentejo Muachos Reserva
Verticals – 1985 Warre Porto Vintage and 1985 Graham Porto Vintage
The rest – Howard's Folly Vinho Regional Alentejano Edição Limitada 6033 – it seemed especially appropriate that David Baverstock, the Howard’s Folly winemaker, is Australian.

Just for fun, and in case they forget, I made a small video showing how it’s assembled…
YouTube: 1min 31s

Finished with Linseed oil mixed with a hint of varnish.

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

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#1 posted 08-11-2018 07:28 PM

Very clever!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#2 posted 08-11-2018 09:36 PM

Very COOL…

What a Nice way to transport items for a very nice moment of relaxation and rest…


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#3 posted 08-12-2018 01:48 AM

I love it. Nice design on the flatpack and fastener-less nature of it all.

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#4 posted 08-12-2018 11:52 AM

I love it. Very nice design!!


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#5 posted 08-14-2018 07:47 AM

Very nice gift and interesting concept of self making/assembly.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 09-26-2018 04:35 AM

Missed this innovation.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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