As I mentioned in my past two posts, I’m going to be launching a Kickstarter campaign soon (hopefully within the next week) in an effort to get my work out into the world. I’ve already written about the S-curve Sculpture and the lamp that will be two of the lower-tier rewards for my campaign, so today I’m going to share my main product: The Tense Coffee Table.
Last month I finished work on the first version of the Tense Coffee Table, a modern design with a hand-made base, steel cable and glass top. I received a bunch of really positive feedback on it. Due to the interest in this particular design, I decided that if I was ever going to try my hand at producing a product on a larger scale, this was the one to do it with. The main allure of producing on a larger scale for me was the idea that I would have a streamlined process that would help me create my tables more quickly, therefore allowing me to sell them for less and get them into more hands. As it stood at the end of October, however, the design of the Tense Coffee Table was not streamlined in any way for production. The main hindrance was the fact that each of the four S-curves that made up the table was hand laminated in a process that involved gluing twelve pieces of thin wood together and then clamping them into a mold to dry. The time spent first cutting the wood into thin strips and then gluing the strips and allowing them to dry just didn’t mesh with the idea of a streamlined production process.
The laminated look was one of my favorite things about the original Tense Coffee Table and I didn’t want to lose that beauty. I had to think for a little while. I had recently been introduced to bamboo plywood and I realized that, unlike most normal plywood, bamboo ply actually looks good when you cut into it. Though you don’t get the same laminated look of the original table, cutting through the plywood reveals cross sections of bamboo that give a similar sense of multiple pieces of wood all joined together to make up one solid piece. Thinking about this, I finally came up with a solution. I would design the table’s S-curves on a computer and then use a CNC machine to cut them out of bamboo plywood. The result was pretty incredible! Although the process of making the new curves takes about one tenth as long as before, I think the final table looks just as good, if not better!
Hopefully I'll be launching the Kickstarter by early next week... Stay tuned! Click here to go to my Coffee Table page and pass it along to anyone who my like this design. I am offering them at a discount on this site.