Programs Used: Rhinoceros, Keyshot / Machinery and Tools Used: Table Saw, Band Saw, Jointer, Sander, Planer and Chisel / Date of Completion: Spring 2017
The purpose of this project was to make a table that uses wood bending techniques such as bent lamination and vacuum pressing. Inspired by Chinese characters, the console table I designed and constructed comprised of three major components that interlock and support one another. The combination of different materials resulted in an interesting play of colors that dance before one's eyes.This table is one-of-a-kind and can be found nowhere in the existing market.
Saile Table Final Product
Renderings and Variations
The Process of Brainstorming the Concept and Making the Table
Firstly, the web was used to get inspiration.
Final Sketch Design
After brainstorming and creating many variations through sketching, the final design was chosen.
Process of Making the Table
To scale prototypes of the final three designs were made and the best design was chosen after analyzing all three of the prototype models. Then to start making the table, I started preparing the table top by cutting the plywood to the right dimensions.
The plywood sheets were then stacked together and vacuumed pressed against the foam mold I had made. The table top was then formed in the period of six hours in the vacuum press set up. In the mean time, in preparation of the curved table leg, I cut the walnut veneers to dimension.
After six hours, I took the table top, filled all the holes and chipped areas and and corrected any imperfections with the help of a sharp chisel. An additional glueup was needed as one plywood sheet was unable to bend completely on both ends. In the meantime, the walnut veneers for the table leg were put into the vacuum press and the same procedure of filling the holes was done to the leg upon completion.
After getting rid of any imperfections, the pieces were sanded with fine sandpaper. The second table leg, which consists of two sycamore wooden pieces, was then glued together and sanded as well. After sanding, the pieces were marked and drilled holes in where the joinery was.
After drilling the holes, the table legs were stained and the top was painted. The curved table leg was stained with three coats of Danish Oil and later was coated with two layers of Polyurethane. The sycamore table leg was only coated with two layers of Polyurethane to retain its natural color and unique pattern. The top was coated with waterproof premium paint to ensure durability. After painting and staining, a dry clamp up was conducted before placing the screws in and gluing the parts together. The process of making the table was very time consuming as it requires a lot of craftsmanship and attention to detail, which is the reason why the table turned out really well and it certainly fits in the realm of high-end fine furniture!