Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ep14 Carlo Mollino 05

Well Carlo has us in amongst his work and it is wonderful. This episode the 5th in the building of a Carlo Mollino Coffe Table is loaded with different approachs to woodworking. It will open and fill-up your furniture designer's tool box.

I am hoping that as you watch you will see new options that you can use in your own work. An approach to clamping, using a router on curves more efficiently, and understanding that you must look for curviture.

It's been a while so enjoy and savor some new woodworking options!!!!!!!

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Curves have to be Square

Well I've recieved some e-mails and a heads-up on a post over at, so I thought it best to fill us in on where we are with Carlo's table.

We're moving along quite well. Of course video will surely follow.

Although I wish I could, I cannot work exclusively on our Mollino and it's a piece that has an exceptional story.

When Gigi and I have completed this next step, you will find that like Carlo, this piece takes you out of your woodworkers comfort zone and demands you be a "mechanic". This is a very important aspect to this build; a topic rarely discussed and one we cannot leave out.

As we discussed Carlo Mollino earlier in our episodes, this build is not about experimenting, but experiencing, and I am having a blast building this piece. The lines that emerge and the site lines that are created are sinuously beautiful. Carlo's table is not your father's Oldsmobile.

There are many ways which I have mentioned in video that this build could be completed, but to me its a 1957 Cadillac convertible, long in chrome.
I'm not going anywhere and to quote Fred Astaire, "It takes time to create something memorable".
So sharpen all your hand tools, there's shaping to be done.
Meet you at the saw........Neil

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