Saturday, February 23, 2008

Ep15 Carlo Mollino 06 Part 1

Here is part one of laying out and shaping Carlo’s Plum Pudding. So many design elements to consider specific to the structural integrity of the Carlo Mollino coffee table and its ability to withstand the manufacturing process. In this episode we take the furniture design through the paces of machining and with minor safeguards and careful craftsmanship, the table, structurally takes the stress. The episode is loaded with design analysis of the piece and options to its final look.

Enjoy Part1 … Part 2 is right behind!!!

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)


David Pruett said...

Neil –

That was a great high-speed opening. You are definitely in rare form with this episode and obviously having a lot of fun! As always you present excellent teaching. Once again I am flung off on an interesting Internet search learning about John Makepeace and John Fry. Your passion for the craft is perhaps one of the most inspiring aspects of your blog that makes me wait anxiously for each episode. Carlo’s Plum Pudding is coming along very nicely. I can’t wait to see the banding and shelf installation. Is that a new pattern maker’s vice in the shop? I like the reference that you have to see and feel the curve . . . excellent! You had me laughing with the tailor comment. You almost look like a tailor sketching away with your white chalk.

My compliments to Gigi, great camera work as always!

I am anxiously looking forward to part II.

By the way, I greatly appreciate the shout out and the quick primer on that fantastic curved leg. Please keep pushing our comfort zones and inspiring the basement / garage woodworker.

Best Regards,

Vic said...


Your enthusiasm for pushing limits and finding new design directions is engaging and a constant source for encouragement.
I'm up early today. Just got back from putting the second coat of poly on the shop floor. I'd rather get up early than wait too long and have to sand the whole thing.

Back to bed,

Al said...

Another terrific episode, Neil!

And yes, I need the left cuff a little higher, please :-) . What a vivid picture you painted, in the similarity of tha laying out process, to what a tailor does when taking those final measurements.

Here is looking at ya!

Mark Mazzo said...

Hi Neil,

Just stopped in to view the latest episodes. Great work on the Mollino.

The work with the jig saw was excellent and I love the non-traditional use of the hand tools to refine the shape of the base.

The Craftsman's Path

John Fry said...


To get mentioned by Neil Lamens in the same sentence as John Makepeace is quite an honor. Thank you.

You are right though, "pushing the craft" not only accomplishes new, different, and exciting pieces, it expands your skill set, opens new doors in your wood working, and it certainly prevents boredom.

I'm amazed at your confidence in your jig saw cutting on this piece. What blade are you using to prevent veneer tear out?

The use of a bench top furniture pad is very smart to protect the delicate surfaces of the project.

What a great project this is Neil, Carlo's Plum Pudding is coming right along.......I'm off to watch part 2!

neil said...

Thanks for the comments....all good stuff.

As for the sabre saw, that tool to me is like an old friend, growing up I wasn't able to use the table saw but got the OK with the sabre saw. The first tool I was allowed to use unsupervised growing up.

I used different blades on the Birds-eye and Plum pudding. Remember we got a 2-ply so we probably got a bit of help with tear-out there. On the Birds-eye, I used the Bosch T101 AO, its 20TPI, but short, only 3" and my concern was the stroke. It worked fine, but with such fine teeth I moved the saw slowly, after completion I knew I could do a better job if I could move the saw faster.

What you don't see on film is the test that I did on the Plum pudding prior to using the standard Bosch T101 B. The quality of my cutting was much better therefore less clean-up, but there is one minor chip that occurred on the front curve. Rounding curves is probably the difference when selecting the 2 blades.

Both were brand spanking new and tested before final approach.


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