Wavelength Bench

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Project by NicoJose posted 04-02-2011 05:20 AM 5039 views 42 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wavelength Bench (November 21, 2010 – January 10, 2011 with one assistant)

Dimensions: 68’’ x 20’’ x 18’‘
Net weight: 70lbs
860 wood pieces

Materials: 16 Different Kinds of Repurposed Old wood 50-160 years old,

While designing and planning for the “Tornado Floor Lamp”, I was already thinking about a bench. I wanted a “wave” bench that’s very different from other “wave” benches I’ve seen. The lamp served as a prototype for this wavelength bench. I wanted to make a bench using the basic idea of triangles. This was an on and off project as it was very tedious and at the same time I wasn’t sure when to stop. I didn’t take pictures of the process since I wasn’t even sure my idea would work. But it did… it even feels like sitting on a sold piece of wood that can easily be carried by 2people.

I assembled the pieces standing up similar to the Tornado Floor lamp. It is all about figuring out angles, angle, and angles. The ends of every three sets of triangles work like basic joints which make the entire piece very strong. Every 3inches, I applied bar clamps, and every 14inches, I would sand the inside as I new it would be hard to do the finishing later on. I added multiple small spaces on the surface just to let the wood breathe in case heat builds up inside.

I’m very very proud of this work of art as it opened my imagination to more doors . It is very difficult to price and replicate since the different kinds of wood, which I acquired from old house, are extremely endangered.

Enjoy guys!

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 05:24 AM

Amazing design and build

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#2 posted 04-02-2011 05:27 AM

great work nico

you sure get to play with nice wood too
reprocessed or not

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-02-2011 05:31 AM

you keep putting up these amazing projects….incredible!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 04-02-2011 05:38 AM

This is really incredible! I can’t imagine the patience you must have. The holes on the seat are really a nice design element as well. Bravo!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#5 posted 04-02-2011 05:45 AM

Very nice craftsmanship. I really like the spaces you left open.

Great job!

-- Ellen --

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 05:47 AM

Your work is amaizing!

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#7 posted 04-02-2011 05:53 AM

Way cool, mon ami. Bravisimo!


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#8 posted 04-02-2011 07:22 AM

Warm and Sensual…............very beautiful

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#9 posted 04-02-2011 07:36 AM

Looks sort of like a flat topped caterpillar! Cool build.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 04-02-2011 02:02 PM

That is one massive undertaking, Nico . . . 860 pcs?! . . . and you put them all together in such a magnificent way! I see that the bench top is perfectly flat and level. That in itself is no easy task. How did you accomplish that, Nico? Did you assemble the triangles upside down on a perfectly smooth surface? Wonderful piece!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 04-02-2011 02:17 PM

wow…very cool design… long did it take to build this?.........great work…well done

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#12 posted 04-02-2011 04:01 PM

Another example of your crative and original thinking! Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 04-02-2011 04:57 PM

I am really digging your work. Keep it up!

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#14 posted 04-02-2011 05:40 PM

@LittlePaw: I have a 5 foot aluminum bar level and I did work on level surface. I first worked a table then I move it to the grown as it grew taller… then I used a 3 step ladder to finish the rest. I used a planer to make the entire surface perfectly flat.

@Todd: Took me 7 weeks working on it a 3-4 hours a days including planning, slicing the wood pieces, and finishing. Maybe a total of 140 hours.

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#15 posted 04-02-2011 06:48 PM

I am definitely enjoying this one. If you need another assistant, I think I will see if the tramp freighters are
still running, and if they still hire inexperienced sailors. Lots of work, lots of patience, and a lot of
craftsmanship in this piece. I can just see a young lumberjock trying to see how this was done by
crawling inside it. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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