"Disturbia I"

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Project by KnickKnack posted 01-23-2014 03:48 PM 2331 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I dedicate this piece to CPLUSWoodworker (dedicate, I don’t mean to imply he inspired it) – he may be a C+ woodworker, but he’s an A+ human being, who helped me find a needle lost amidst a heap of sawdust.

Some pieces are a labour of love.
Some a labour of necessity.
Some are just for fun.
But this was a labour of obsession.
Once the not quite meeting triangles had got into my head, they simply wouldn’t let go. The also not quite meeting triangles on the top, that are parallel to the bottom box, sort of, and that overhang, and that point downwards, and don’t meet “properly”, popped into my head in the middle of the night – luckily (or not, depending on your view of this piece), pencil and paper were at hand to scrib the sketch.

I made 3 different handles for the top, before deciding to use none of them.

My wife’s comment – ”That’s just weird, really weird”.
Mission accomplished.

Oh, and in case you were wondering – yes, there are more “Disturbias” on the drawing board.

Oak, ash, jatobá, 3 different kinds of unknown veneer (one under the top I didn’t take a picture of).
Linseed oil finish.
14cmx14cmx8cm plus lid.

-- "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 01-23-2014 04:01 PM

Excuse me while I clean my glasses. Something is awry here.

-- 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 01-23-2014 05:03 PM

I think it is absolutely gorgeous.

Perfectly designed for its intended use and function.

Appears to be much more effective that the mass-produced store-bought models.

I would expect this to almost eliminate your working time when used appropriately on the projects for which it is intended.

I am extremely interested it how it works out for you.

Also, maybe as a side-benefit, all your angles are now close at hand and easily available for use on other similar projects.

I would imagine that this piece has a load-bearing rating far above what is actually needed………that is a very good feature.

The inherent ability to hang it anywhere is obvious to anyone and is also a great feature.

I love the fact that this is an all-wood version and not covered in hardware. You decided correctly…….hardware would have detracted from both the beauty of the piece and its functionality.

The ability to use it effectively on any of its sides is a remarkable feature. Well done !

The electrical wiring is so expertly installed that it is impossible to see.

Same for the small amount of plumbing in the base and top.

I do not think all the points of the triangles will affect the use of the piece in any way.

I have examined the photos very closely and cannot find any hint of the circular components that are a required and integral part of such a unit.

I have seen similar items in very exclusives shops in England, but this was years ago, and none of them were of the quality of this piece.

The ones I saw in England were obviously intended for use by British or Anglican connoisseurs, but several of them “spoke” to me as if they were American.

All-in-all, I think you have developed and created a wonderful piece………..both beautiful and functional……. while still being of such design and construction that it will remain appreciated by you …….and all who see it.

Your wife must be absolutely thrilled. It obviously needs to be the centerpiece when it is hung in the back of any dark closet.

Congratulations, it just could not be any better!

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 05:24 PM

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

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#4 posted 01-23-2014 06:00 PM

Very interesting and uniqu box,especially closing top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 01-23-2014 06:11 PM

You have taken “thinking outside the box” to a whole new level. Well done!!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#6 posted 01-23-2014 07:09 PM

I think you and Chuck M need to get together

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 01-23-2014 07:14 PM

That’s an interesting piece, Knicknack. I like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 01-23-2014 07:29 PM

Very nice, it reminds me of “Saint Brigid’s Cross”

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#9 posted 01-23-2014 11:03 PM

that is very unique, the box looks great, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#10 posted 01-23-2014 11:47 PM

Very creative, love it.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#11 posted 01-24-2014 03:59 AM

C Plus, So can I cut and paste all those comments and just pick ones to use on all my future comments? I especially like this one, it so effusive.

All-in-all, I think you have developed and created a wonderful piece………..both beautiful and functional……. while still being of such design and construction that it will remain appreciated by you …….and all who see it.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#12 posted 01-24-2014 05:27 AM

Congratulations, that is an AWESOME box.
A perfect example of thinking outside the box.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#13 posted 01-25-2014 10:33 PM

You have created something in a design that I find very appealing and that is “motion”. A box can be so stagnant and yet you have managed to force the eye to look around it and take in the beauty of the shapes, colors, connections and layers. I especially like the three dimensional angles of the top. The overlap of the top with the sides is a nice too that helps the top be more a part of the box and not just sitting on top. For your next design, make the top of the sides sloping like the spokes of your top keeping your top in the same plane as you have designed here. Good job and very inspirational. Unlike what C_plus said, I think you should have it so the light will find it in the closet.

Thank you.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#14 posted 01-26-2014 01:59 PM

Krazy-Kool, knickknack

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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