|Forum topic by Nicholas Hall||posted 02-07-2014 05:50 PM||625 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
02-07-2014 05:50 PM
There is a project posted recently by Sergeich that I can’t stop thinking about. It is a simple stool, that incorporates a forked stretcher. At a glance, it’s just a lovely, solid, well made stool. The stretcher is forked which has visual appeal, but you need to look closely at the forked stretcher to appreciate how marvelous this project really is:
The one thing that I wonder about though is how the stretcher will hold up over time. Presumably the stretcher was not carved out of a single block of 5”x5”x12” birch. That means that each tine of the fork is under tension. I’m wondering how that might effect the piece as it expands and contracts annually with the seasons.
Is it likely that the fork will split along the grain given that it’s under permanent tension? Is there a way to mitigate this, for example with a dovetail key at the intersection of the tines where it is most likely to split?
I just want to reiterate how much I love this piece, and the forked tines in particular; I’m just trying to figure out how best to implement it myself!
P.S. Sergeich, it’s not often I come across a piece that sticks in my mind like the one you built. It’s wonderful. Well done!
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