This is a fairly good place for finding info on shaping/curving
wood. Most of woodworking deals with selection of wood, shaping
it, or finishing it. Do you have a particular question or are you
looking for some good reading?
a little bit of both. i've just bought a new house and want to design/build
my own furniture. i want to try to create some furniture based on early
60s/70s designs, many of which were build from plastics and very curvy. i
don't know too much about woodworking, so i guess the first thing i'd like
to know is what kind of wood is recommended for furniture? i plan to paint
the furniture when done, so warmth of wood shouldn't be an issue, but
strength and ability to shape would be. i'd also appreciate it if you could
point me in the direction of a good article of shaping wood.
Your question is a difficult one to answer because there are so
/many/ choices. I was about to answer that nearly any hardwood
would provide adequate strength - until I remembered that I've a
fir (softwood) piece in my own living room.
I think a good approach might be to find pictures of what you
like; and then post pictures to
news:alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking with a query to this
newsgroup as to what wood(s) would work best for that particular
piece. Most of this group will probably not be terribly excited
by the idea of painted furniture - but don't let that bother you.
There're people here with good experience with steam bending and
wood lamination. I'm not one of those people so will invite
response from someone who has that experience and/or can suggest
Again, you can make life easier for everyone (including yourself)
by sharing pictures of what you'd like to make. Otherwise
you'll find yourself with thousands of times more information
that you could ever use...
i should have realized suggesting a paint job wouldn't go over too well, but
i'm a newbie at this.
i've followed your advice and posted under the subject heading "what would
you use to build this with" if anyone cares to take a crack at it.
It's not a problem. As you work with wood more, I predict you'll
find beauty that begs not to be hidden with paint. (-:
I saw. You've picked a /serious/ project. If I wanted a chair
like that I'd plan on making several to develop my skills and
techniques. I think I might try some 1/4" birch plywood for my
first attempt - though I'm not /sure/ that'd be the best starting
I did a google search on "plywood bending" and found 27,900
I'd suggest repeating that search and reading everything that
looks like it might be applicable.
there are lots of woods to choose from. just a partial
list: oak, cherry, pine, mahogany, maple. You use what
appeals to you and of course consider the appropriateness of
the species to the style of the project. ie a "high tech"
piece would look bizarre if made of knotty pine! :)
as far as references:
"The Complete Illustrated guide to Furniture & Cabinet
Construction" by Rae, Taunton Press
Nick Engler's "Woodworking Wisdom" is handy. Rodale Press
If you go to Amazon you can search for any woodworking topic
and get a nice list of books, some of which you can search
inside of to preview their worth. You must register a
credit card with Amazon to utilize that feature, but it's
well worth it!
Nancy Drew wrote:
how do you want the wood shaped??
I use mostly chisels and guoges for very complex shapes (horses), I
also use rotary tools for small work and a great newer product called
microplanes (not sureforms!!) are great for long curves and rough
shaping. Simpler things can be done with a router or other shop type
Tell me what you want tomake and I'll let you know what I would do.
Chris Pye is an excellent referance- His book on "tools and materials"
great, but he has a definate preferance for chisels over other means.
Remember the end product of the process is all that matters in an
object, unless your zen about process...
Your nearest branch library. Look for books on steam bending
and laminating wood, Nancy.
Also check the www.katools.com and www.carbatec.com sites
for EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE tools, or get a nice, quiet little
draw knife, spoke shave, and some rasps to have a go at it.
- Tom Mix Died For Your Sins -
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