Sunday, August 1, 2010

Jennifer's Dining Table

We are currently working on a dining table commission. The table was to incorporate a round glass top with wooden legs. We have been wanting to experiment with steam bending wood for a while now, so we designed legs that utilize three separate bent profiles.

The profiles of each leg are designed so that the solid wood visually splits and reforms further down the leg. Laminating the three bent profiles together will help to strengthen each leg while adding the dimensional stability that steam bending lacks.

The three legs are then joined in the middle with knockdown hardware.

The wood we chose is white oak because it is one of the best woods for bending. The profiles have very tight curves that would not be possible with other woods. Our first attempt at steam bending happened today, and we will get some pictures of that up soon. All we know so far is that there is a steep learning curve...