|Project by BArnold||posted 06-01-2013 08:36 PM||1790 views||11 times favorited||5 comments|
The “Ichthus” quilt stand is made from Honduran mahogany with black walnut accents. Gently curving legs forming the sign of the fish are constructed of a seven-layer bentwood lamination. The quilt shown with the stand above was made circa 1915 by my wife’s great-grandmother. When my wife and I were talking about a design for a stand to hold this quilt, we didn’t like any of the typical configurations, then she held her arms in the air in an overlapping manner and that got me headed in the right direction.
I had recently acquired a vacuum unit because I wanted it for veneer and bentwood lamination work. For this piece, I built a 29” radius form using five pieces of 3/4” MDF approximately 40” long. I re-sawed mahogany into 1/8” thick by 4” wide to make one set of leg with each lamination. The legs are joined with a half-lap near the bottom and a butt joint at the top. The top and bottom joints are strengthened by joining the cross members into the legs with dowels.
The black walnut insert in the middle of each set of legs was ebonized, then joined to the legs with dowels during assembly of the legs. The insert needed a little something more, so I scroll-sawed a small maple leaf using hard maple.
Finish started with BLO/Naphtha in a 1/1 ratio, followed by wiping on three coats of BLO/Naphtha/Polyurethane in a 1/1/2 ratio.
-- Bill, Thomasville, GA