Latticed wood slats

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Project by Arthouse posted 07-18-2011 01:37 AM 2280 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bookstand for a conference room I designed for engineers. It is made out of cherry. I did not steam bend these pieces for if I would the sanding would never given me that even finish for the stain so I wide belt sanded to 3/16” then orbital sanded to 180 grit before assembling . If anyone is attempting to lattice wood slats be prepared to have patience. Make alot more than you think and try use straight grain material for I made that mistake and used some curly cherry I had . A little stand I thought would take eight to ten hours ended up taking four days. I had to make the framework two times because of the flex in the wood I had to dado larger because of the bend I had to allow . If all of the slats were the same width then I would have to make the dado twice as large as the 1/2” I allowed. Like most projects I was well satisfied and elated to end the madness of weaving wood together . All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 02:24 AM

That is GORGEOUS! I love it. I get a beige bookcase in my office (at least it’s wood) for my books.

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 02:26 AM

Absolutely love the basket weave.
If I ever do one of these, and it has been a thought, I will remember not to steam. Steam had been my plan.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 03:18 AM

This looks incredible! I’ll definitely be trying this one out. What finish did you use, it has a very soft look?

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 03:40 AM

Joshua , I used a old master’s stain with a No. 40 sheen Mohawk lacquer. The trick is to seal the wood first with a sanding sealer , stain it then lacquer the finish. The other wisdom I’ve found is to always photograph in shade with a white or black backround it lets the piece read. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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t. rector

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#5 posted 07-18-2011 05:56 AM

looks awesome, I am a bit of a nut about design symetry, architecture background, any nailed it, i have also done a similiar trial run, the best material I came up with too use was raw unglued vaneer edging, weave a piece, ensure the spacing is correct and a few drops of CA(super glue)between the weaves and presto next course….anyway sorry to ramble, great job and happy saw dust makin…-t

-- I often wonder "how did I get this lucky?"..t rec

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David Grimes

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#6 posted 07-18-2011 06:00 AM

Very nice project. The basket weave of the different widths really ramped up the style points in my book. I opened expecting (yawn) diagonal wood slats of some sort. This looks MARVELOUS !!!

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#7 posted 07-18-2011 09:32 AM

Interesting technique. I may have to try this.

Beautifully designed and made project.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 07-18-2011 04:07 PM

Another great design, thank you for the warnings and advice on the weaving of wood, but I think I will
stay with solid wood for now. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 07-18-2011 08:37 PM

Wow Dan! Absolutely stunning, I would say. In actuality, a very simple yet very elegant design. The variety of widths in the lattice bands yields a wonderful looseness to the overall design, while adding an extra dimension of visual appeal.

Thanks for the extra tips on steaming. I’ve done that a number of times, with paint being the surface finish, rather than stain, though I’ve thought about staining and I’m sure will do so at some point in the future.

Continued success to you….

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#10 posted 07-21-2011 12:49 PM

That looks very nice. It gives me Ideas. Thank you for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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