Tide Pool Dividers

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Project by Andy posted 10-27-2013 12:47 PM 4225 views 11 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would show three of the tide pool style dividers/trays I have recently done.
The third one is from the last box I posted, the other two are for boxes I will post soon.
The idea is very simple…in hindsight of course, its always easy once its been done. This idea came about partly because I dont like making standard tray style dividers and the need for something that blended better with the organic feel of my boxes. I started playing around with scraps and the third one shown here is the result.
I used a Foredom with a course ball grinder and then went to a finer ball and then finished with 120 and 220 grit by hand. I will be looking for driftwood and forest freebies in the future.
I try and leave a few places where the velvet background can be seen, it helps show off the tray and creates another “tray” at the same time in the void.
1 and 3 are myrtlewood, 2 is big leaf quilted maple.
I used spray lacquer in semi-gloss.
What do you think of this?

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 10-27-2013 01:15 PM

Andy: These are great.

They help with the presentation.

-- 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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#2 posted 10-27-2013 01:56 PM

It’s nice to see the evolution of the idea. Thanks (again) for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 10-27-2013 02:18 PM

Andy -VERY nice- what kind of wood?? Big leaf Maple??

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 10-27-2013 02:25 PM

An excellent idea Andy and a lot more imaginative than the usual dividers we normally use. Maybe not as efficient in terms of storage, but well worth sacrificing for the sake of art.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-27-2013 02:27 PM

Your ideas along with you imagination have produced some very fine and beautiful work! I think you are opening doors that some of us never knew were there.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 02:39 PM

You are a visionary. I like it

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 02:50 PM

you dont have to sell me on it andy, you know what i mean, i love ways to accomplish things in the natural way, and im glad your showing it here, you have given me some ideas as how to implement his in some of my future projects, thank you, it feels good to have someone make things that i also enjoy …

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

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#8 posted 10-27-2013 03:03 PM

Great info Andy…beautiful and thrifty!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip. It’s one of those things that makes one go “duh, why didn’t I think of that”. LOL

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#9 posted 10-27-2013 03:37 PM

I love those! Not only are they very unique, they allow you to utilize those scraps of that gorgeous wood!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 10-27-2013 03:45 PM

Brings your already spectacular boxes to a whole new level!

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

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#11 posted 10-27-2013 04:17 PM

Very creative and an idea I will be using in the future…........thanks!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 10-27-2013 04:46 PM

You’re on to something really good here. Your “organic” approach to box design shows the amount of thought that goes into them. As with your last box. Few people can combine numerous woods in a single box and make it come off as a single integrated whole. Most imitator’s boxes just look like a hodgepodge of wood. Few seem to realize how much thought goes into a really nice box. Yours reflect the thought that goes into them. And, that’s not so easy to do!

Just because our styles are quite different, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate yours. LOL Keep ‘em coming.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#13 posted 10-27-2013 04:50 PM

I think something between these and the standard dividers would be better. Like the boxes you make are something between a typical box and the unharnessed forces of nature.

Just me but at least part of the beauty of your boxes is your uncanny ability to improve on the natural qualities in wood. In this instance I also think you could improve on nature and create something more consistent with the ideas of your boxes.


-- Daniel P

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#14 posted 10-27-2013 05:08 PM

They are fantastic. Can’t wait to see the boxes that will go with them

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#15 posted 10-27-2013 05:44 PM

The technique here Andy is clever, and very creative. You could also have a traditional rectangular divider in the bottom and have these(such as #1) sitting on that lower divider. Kinda like a tray. But these trys would allow a visual to some of the lower contents, and as you suggested, a peek at the velvet. Upper organic, and lower traditional. Very well done, and thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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