St. Louis Credenza

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Project by Halfbubblepastplumb posted 09-28-2009 01:35 PM 2046 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 01:49 PM

That’s a very imaginative and attractive design and a good build Dave. I saw the arch back in 1965 when I took a route 66 trip to Chicago from Los Angeles. It was a long way off but still very impressive.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 02:06 PM

I once worked with a guy whose sil was the contractor on building the arch. I especially like how you cut the arches into the shelves. I imagine that made it very stable.

-- jstegall

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 02:10 PM

Dave, That is one cool design. Great job.

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#4 posted 09-28-2009 02:17 PM

It came out fantastic.

What a great look.


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#5 posted 09-28-2009 11:40 PM

Very cool design Dave. I really like the look.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#6 posted 09-29-2009 12:45 AM

I live in St. Louis, definitely like this one :)

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#7 posted 09-30-2009 05:32 PM

great design, sleek, simple, elegant I love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 06-13-2012 05:55 AM

Fantastic design! I love these arches. I’m going to copy it some day. But I’ll add some live edge.
Thanks for sharing.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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