|Forum topic by agianni||posted 01-11-2011 09:51 PM||6546 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
01-11-2011 09:51 PM
My sister-in-law has asked me to build a new piece for their living room that will match a couple of art deco waterfall pieces in their dining room. I’m having a hard time finding good resources on how to make this happen. If there’s anything anyone can point me to that would help I would much appreciate it. Here are a few questions I’m trying to answer?
1. It appears that most of this furniture relies on veneers. How to I recreate those symmetrical, angular designs? I’m assuming I need some really straight-grained veneers? Do these need to be book-matched? Or do they just look that way? How do I do those angular cuts without wasting lots of material?
2. These seem to be made with both walnut and mahogany wood and veneers, but it’s unclear to me which is which which in the designs.
3. The piece I’m building will have doors. It appears that this style usually has slab doors. I was thinking of actually building them out of MDF for stability and then applying the veneers. Thoughts on this?
4. My understanding is that this furniture was usually made from plywood and the waterfall edges were created by bending the plywood. I’ve never done this before, although I’ve found some good examples of how to create bent plywood by creating a form and bonding multiple layers of thinner plywood. But the bend on the front of waterfall furniture seems awfully sharp to build that way. I was thinking I would probably just build the top out of ply and profile a piece of solid hardwood for the front, join them and then apply the veneer. Does that sound sensible?
Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. I still haven’t actually committed to doing this and I’m not certain I’m up to it, but I’m certainly intrigued by the challenge.