Introducing the Toyota Setsuna
Incredible Oak Stump Chair
On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:47:43 AM UTC-4, Spalted Walt wrote:
"The company notes that wood's characteristics change over time, depending
on the temperature and humidity levels it is exposed to and how well it's
taken care of."
One week it's an SUV, the next it's a mini-cooper.
BTW does it have a "trunk"? ;-)
I suspect (from looking at the pictures) that the underlying
structure is glued with epoxy or something similar, much like
the structure of a boat would be. So I doubt there would be
radical changes in shape.
The outer panels (body) seem to just hang on the underlying
frame, which allows for expansion and contraction, but seems
a little insecure for highway speeds.
Yeah, I read some other articles on it, and they've used
quite a few different joinery techniques. The pinned
bridle joint you noted, wedged tenons, sliding dovetails,
probably more (there doesn't seem to be any good source
to translate Japanese joinery terms to English).
None the less, I still think parts of the structure are
glued. You can see what looks like squeezeout and glue
lines on some of the joints.
I also read that the intended top speed is only 25-28mph,
which makes hanging the body panels off the structure
without fasteners a bit more practical.
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