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Topic: "Enviable table-top tip-over chest" - photos
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Jun 19, 2011 04:18PM)
So as not to derail the other thread :) , I decided to just start a new one for the photos. I don't know that I can live up to Walt's description of the box, but here are the pix anyway.

Message: Posted by: illusiontech (Jun 19, 2011 04:45PM)

Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jun 19, 2011 04:54PM)
WOW!!! Really nice!
Message: Posted by: Mark Richardson (Jun 19, 2011 06:29PM)
Wonderful craftsmanship, the box looks fantastic.
Message: Posted by: billappleton (Jun 20, 2011 09:41AM)
Really nice. What is the order or operation? Tip the box, open the sides, open the top?
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 20, 2011 10:56AM)
Thanks for getting to the photography George!

To get the maximum masking order is:
-Open side doors to table
-Tip the box forward
-Open front door
-Close front door
-Tip box closed
-Close side doors

With the black on black, you get 3/4 coverage.
With sides after the tip you get only front coverage for a while.

Bill, I'm up in SF a stone's toss from you.
Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Jun 20, 2011 11:56AM)
Thanks for the comments, guys. Glad you like the box. It was certainly fun to build, although there were a number of... shall we say... technical challenges. And thanks for the post, Walt; I was going to say I wanted you to answer that one anyway. :)

When I get a chance, I'll also post some of the original SketchUp drawings, since that's how Walt and I worked out the design. SketchUp is fantastic for this type of thing. Of course, there's some stuff I can't (or won't) show here in a public forum.
Message: Posted by: billappleton (Jun 20, 2011 12:05PM)
Hi Walt and George I'd love to meet you guys let me know when there is something magical happening the the Bay Area we can meet up.

The design for the box is great, the way the base is done makes it more deceptive. Is this unique? Was that hard to do? How many prototypes were there?
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 20, 2011 01:07PM)
--It was very hard to build, George’s wife withheld bacon, his favorite food, to egg him on.
--It is a very unique, one of a kind, design. I was a pain in the butt for him.
--George came up with the alterations and improvements to the Berg plans.
--He'd run those concepts past me and we'd brainstorm together.
--As he said, he provided numerous sketches and blueprints.
--There are several deceptive additions to the original concept (like the base)
--There are details (like a simple bottom clasp)that took tons of ingenuity on his part.
--We picked out the brass hardware, decorations, and finish together, but based on my vague vision, that was realized by George. The Victorian detailing is his.
--As I mentioned this was about a two-year off and on collaboration.
--This was from a far improved, for angles and handling, joint Okito and Joe Berg design.

Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Jun 20, 2011 01:33PM)
Yikes, Walt, I should hire you as my publicist. :)

The project was actually a lot of fun (you were NOT a pain in the butt, Walt), although it did take about two calendar years to complete, mostly due to my schedule. I think if I'd been able to work on it steadily, it would have been closer to two to three weeks including the design phase.

The original concept in the Berg book was totally generic, so the box could have gone in a zillion different directions. The base and some other details came from research into architecture and antique boxes. Then I just sketched away until I came up w/ a mix of looks and ease of construction. But I did like the raised base idea, which then led to the audience being able to see under the side doors when the box is tipped forward.

And yes [sigh] Walt and Donna were in cahoots about the bacon. Sad. Vary sad.