Optical illusion

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Project by Tokolosi posted 03-08-2013 05:24 PM 2893 views 9 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to make a simple frame for a decorative ceramic tile; a gift for someone close. After I cut the zebra, routed, mitered and glued it up I clamped it overnight. The next day I was horrified to find that it had racked during the clamping. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought I was carefull about the mitres and the clamp setup and everything. Meh. Knowing I would have to remake it I dropped the tile into it just to see what it would look like. To my surprise it fit perfectly. I stuck a square on it and I was amazed to find it was perfectly square. It was just the grain lineup that made it look so strange. It still weirds me out looking at it.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 05:27 PM

I love it. It’s amazing what the human eye and brain can do to fool you.

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 05:41 PM

That is an awesome frame!

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 05:47 PM

That is an amazing frame the grain….............. wow!
Nice ceramic Sanskrit Aum


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#4 posted 03-08-2013 06:20 PM

That’s awesome.

I was wondering if the frame was cut from the same piece of

It’s like an oblique book matched frame, if you will.

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 06:28 PM

Thx for the kind words.

And yes, it was a single piece of lumber.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#6 posted 03-08-2013 06:44 PM

The pic with the tile installed doesnt look near as strange as the empty frame does by itself. Do you have enough to do it again? It would be cool to make another one and try putting a photograph of someone’s face in it, but put the photo in it at an angle. Might be an interesting effect and create a lot of discussion.

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#7 posted 03-08-2013 07:16 PM

Well done !!!

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#8 posted 03-08-2013 07:21 PM

Very interesting use of wood grain. Slick work.

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#9 posted 03-08-2013 09:32 PM

That’s Pretty Neat!! Nice Work!

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#10 posted 03-08-2013 10:13 PM

It is amazing the “unintended” effect becomes a design with motion. Really cool frame.

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#11 posted 03-08-2013 10:32 PM

Frame rocks! Great job!

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#12 posted 03-09-2013 01:02 AM

Cool! An optical delusion!

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#13 posted 03-09-2013 02:45 AM

That’s cool! It looks racked and twisted.

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#14 posted 03-09-2013 03:59 AM

Oh that is really funny. I had something like that happen when working with some figured Koa.

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#15 posted 03-09-2013 04:33 AM

The heck with the tile, put an Escher in there or just a blank piece of paper, or even a print of another simple optical illusion…

I love it!

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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