four legsPosted: April 23, 2011
Alright, I know I’m skipping processes along the way, but things in the shop are getting nice and busy. Ten hour days have turned into even longer days, turning into long nights at the bench. There is a good feeling around the shop with only two weeks til the show and everyone trying to bring their projects to an end. At the same time, relationships are growing closer as we know we only have a few weeks left together and we will all be heading back to our own parts of the world.
I’ve been working on the stand the past week, which is about to be done. Making something with four legs and aprons doesn’t seem like it would take long, but it has. I mentioned before about grain graphics and reading the grain throughout the plank to know what it’s going to look like before you even cut into it; how to get the wood to frown or smile or even if you just want to straighten the grain. That has been one of the more challenging aspects for me, but very rewarding when you make the right move. Oh … and some might say this is wasting wood, but say you have a plank you can get six “decent” legs out of, not considering what the grain is doing, or with that same piece, you get only two legs, but they are perfect legs, grain that moves with the curves instead of fighting against it. That’s what takes time and makes all the difference in the world, and it’s what has taken me some time to understand:
This is especially important when cutting curves into a leg. As in my case, we put a double curve in the legs, curving out on bottom front and sides. So, by using perfect rift sawn stock with the diagonals pointing in the right direction, the grain will follow the curve after it’s cut! It’s pretty cool. It took time as well making the mock-up, and then making templates for the legs.
So, just trace the template on the side, then flip it to the front, cut on the bandsaw, double stick tape the waste back on since you just cut off your line on the other side, then cut out the other curve. Then back tho the bench for final shaping.
So not a lot of pics on my side of things… I thought I would share a peak at Hong’s project.
Hong’s a neat guy with a good eye for design, I believe he comes from an industrial design background. Here’s a link to a piece he did last year at the school. http://kozaimodern.com/#/products/artisan/HSM-NM. I like it.