(De) Stijl making these 2 cups of coffee...

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Project by KnickKnack posted 01-24-2020 01:09 PM 751 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...and a packet of biscuits, please.
These are, it must be said, a real crowd pleaser – we still, many many years later, still use the original prototype on a daily basis – it’s hard to imagine life without it.
(Although imagine my horror when, coming to take the pictures, I find we have no biscuits in the house!)
This has long been on the agenda, so I thought it was about time it got “ticked off”.
Obviously this leans heavily (to say the least) on the ideas of Der Stijl, and, more specifically, the designs of Gerrit Rietveld.
Not hard to make, although it’s critical that the wood pieces have a perfectly square cross-section – that’s where the joint strength comes from. Gluing up was the biggest challenge – I started with the 2 bottom, supporting, struts – absolutely critical that they be exactly parallel, square to the base, and with the correct gap betwene them. From then it just builds itself up, although, with small gaps to get clamps into, that wasn’t as easy as you might think.

Small part of an old wooden floor panel for the strips, plywood base. Stain (black), aniline die (red and blue), acrylic paint (yellow). Finished with linseed oil, and Danish for the red and blue since I wanted those to shine a little more.

-- "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 01-24-2020 02:03 PM

Interesting look. Thanks for the links to the designers. Made for good reading.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 01-24-2020 11:19 PM

Nice design.

My wife would kill me if I found something else to put on the counter top!

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-25-2020 01:10 AM

Very GOOD Design Upgrade!

Great Job too!

Nice historical story too!

Thank you!

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

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