|Project by Halfbubblepastplumb||posted 09-28-2009 01:35 PM||1853 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
This set of ash shelves was designed for the last house we lived in . 39 inches long, about 36 high. The arches are steam-bent oak. The curve is the same as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, which I’ve always admired. You get that curve by suspending a chain between two points. I did that, plotted it onto a piece of plywood, and built a mold for the oak to bend around. Steaming is low-tech and fun. A hot plate, a piece of 4” pvc drain pipe, a tea kettle,some radiator hose, and Voila! Bending on hot oak is cool: it goes on the mold like a piece of frozen rubber. You keep expecting it to shatter, but she just goes right ‘round the corner. Finish is lacquer.
-- Dave E. "People who are competent are worth the oil it will take to fry them in hell." --Mencken