Flintstone Fashion (Out of the wood3)

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FLINTSTONE FASHION (Out of the wood3)

1050L x 590D x 970H

A Cocktail cabinet in White Pear, Poplar and Kiaat with Ironwood hinges.

In this piece I attempted to present furniture as functional sculpture. The cabinet evolved from the legs; some curved cants of Poplar that stared at me from a corner of my workshop. With much of my work, I do not design on paper first. I let the wood itself dictate the design, an attempt to reveal forms and patterns that potentially exist in the wood. Once the gentle S curves of the legs revealed themselves, I continued the theme throughout the cabinet. The initial inspiration for this piece came from a photo I saw whilst browsing the LJ projects archives. I didn’t save the photo at the time but the concept got stuck in my head. Lots of things get stuck in my head….I can’t find the pic to give credit, maybe someone will remember!

I have long been a fan of wooden hinges and try to use them whenever I can. The pins for the hinges are buried in the legs. I routed 3mm (1/8) slots in the legs to the correct depth, and when I was happy with the hinges, glued in little splines. They are visible in one of the close up shots, if you look carefully.

And those dots? I turned them on my drill press. No, I don’t have a lathe. Yes, I know it is not the proper way! The circles were cut on the band saw and a woodscrew was driven into the centre. Then I cut the head off to provide something to grip in the drill chuck for turning. I used a makeshift steady but at least I have proper turning chisels! I guess you say it is a real bush mechanic African way of doing things! The door timber was counter bored with a Forstner bit and the shaped dot glued inside.

As always, honest critique, comments and questions are welcome.

PS. Whilst most of you are rejoicing over spring, we had a light dusting of snow on the mountain peak today. I’m freezing….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 10:10 PM

I love it!! :)
So creative & the woods look amazing together, really complimenting
each other.

-- Having Fun Doing What I Love To Do

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 10:23 PM

Very unique and beautiful. I love the hinges and the dots really catch the eye.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 10:23 PM


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 10:42 PM

Wow. I have been a fan of just about everything you have shown here on LJ, but this is my new favorite. I like every detail. It just has a great feel.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 10:47 PM

Linda and Kevin, thanks!


Swirt: Thanks dude, it means a lot!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 10:49 PM

This is great. I love the way it came together. You have great talent

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 04-28-2011 10:51 PM

Wow Div

that is one awesome piece
I know the piece you refer to, this takes it a step futher

jamie eating biltong ice cream in my bare feet

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 04-28-2011 10:51 PM

That takes “RUSTIC” to a whole new level!! Love it.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#9 posted 04-28-2011 10:51 PM

Div, wow, I love this piece. If I was a real woodworker, this is what I would want to make all day long. I love that you left a natural wood shape in – it lets the wood be what it is while making something functional instead of forcing wood to be a certain shape to make it into something, if you know what I mean The sum is definitely more than the parts!

I really like the top flowing over the top too. I think it just has such a natural look to it, like letting nature in to share the house.

Well done my friend and who cares about the bush techniques to get it done, it’s the same here in NZ – we make do with whatever ( and we also had our first snow dusting on the mountains and I’m sitting next to a warm fire as I write this)

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#10 posted 04-28-2011 10:58 PM

Smooth, sophisticated and yet still rustic… well done…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 04-28-2011 11:02 PM

Absolutlely stunning. My favorite thing is all natural color on everything I make. This piece fits the bill right on the spot. A fine job indeed.

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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Brian S

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#12 posted 04-28-2011 11:03 PM

This is amazing work, I love it. It flows so naturally and gracefully. The buttons are a very neat accent that I don’t think I’ve seen before. Thanks for posting this.

-- Brian

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#13 posted 04-28-2011 11:06 PM

Gorgeous! Beautifully selected and finished woodgrains and the design work is really cool.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#14 posted 04-28-2011 11:16 PM

try this div
ohad milner

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 04-28-2011 11:19 PM

Great Job Div!!
This is the LJ you’re talking about…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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