Stuart Mason Dambrot, ‘the improvised life’s resident concilientist|futurist has sent us many wonderful ideas since our first syncronous meeting on a New York City street corner. The latest, the work of designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen, inventor of the Toast Spoons we recently blogged as well as Found, an oddly stylish stool put together from scraps found in a carpenter’s workshop. “Depending on which business and which projects they are working on, the waste will always be different and one stool will never look the same as the other; each item is unique.”
The blocks of wood need to be well cut with nice square edges – not quite as random as the idea implies, but definitely do-able with a power saw (see Nina Saltman’s advice below). We’re wondering if we could get away with using a really strong glue and clamping the wood, layer by layer, or if some other secret buttressing is required, like screwing one board to another to another and another, and then just glueing/clamping the end pieces.
We emailed Nina Saltman, our project advisor, to see if our thinking was on the right track, and for her ideas on how to construct such a stool. Here’s what she wrote:
“Yes it is possible to glue and clamp something like this. You can use big band clamps.
Or you could devise some sort of jury-rigged home-made box, or boards screwed/clamped to a table to enclose the boards and thus clamp the boards together.
You could also dowel the pieces together, and only have to glue/clamp the end pieces of plywood to the joined scraps. You could use finish nails, or screws, and “putty” the holes. It would not be noticeable at all.
A couple common methods of joining are using a “biscuit joiner” and “biscuits”, or dowels (see below). You can dowel without a jig, but pieces get a little misaligned sometimes. Though, in this case it probably wouldn’t matter, as it looks like the top part of the stool has been cut flush AFTER it is all clamped together. Thus ensuring a flush top.”
O-h-h-h…we get it now!
Nina also included a link to “All About Biscuit Joiners” by Scott Gibson.
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