Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ep15 Carlo Mollino 06 Part 2

Here is part 2 of furniture designer, architect, Carlo Mollino and our interpretation of his bent plywood coffee table.

It's machining and shaping and thinking that keeps this Mollino piece a fun challenge to go after.

Between parts 1 and 2, we take Carlo's Plum Pudding and catch it up to Carlo's Birds-eye and the next step.

Enjoy........ I'm sure Carlo would be pleased.

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)


David Pruett said...

Neil -

Excellent conclusion to Episode 15. You made me very nervous watching you cut into that wonderful curve lamination! A steady hand and lot of confidence from your end. Bravo! I really enjoyed how you wove some hand tools into the finishing aspects. I can't wait to see what Carlo's Plum Pudding looks like when it is complete. Makes me wonder with all the little teasers scattered about in this episode . . . what else do you have going on in the shop?


Vic said...


Definitely worth the wait! What a sweet project. It's amazing to see you work the PC router like it was a trim router. My hands just aren't big enough.
Thanks again for pointing me toward a new world of design (for me). I've poured over the design site you have on the front page of your blog and then there are all the great research assignments you give each episode.


David Pruett said...

Neil -

Just a quick follow up comment. I agree with Vic. Watching you use the saber saw and router was shear woodworking poetry!


neil said...

Here's our feedback from Luis of the Dovetail Kid blog on the use of the bow saw:

Hi Neil,

Outstanding work on the Mollino table in the two recent episodes!

What a treat!!! :-)
Thanks for mentioning my name.

Sure you could use a bow saw to cut that curve on the end of the Mollino table. I don't care much for the small 12" long saw you guys have in the US, but with a 2 feet long saw it will be an easy cut.

With a blade about 3/8" wide so I guess it will handle those curves quite well. And the blade is about 6" away from the center stretcher so you'll have enough clearance.

The only drawback I see is that the blades available for this kind of saw have 8 tpi which could be a little to coarse for that plywood like sandwich you got there and this could result in more tear-out than one would like. For plywood and man made materials I find that machines yield betters results.
A high tpi blade on a jig-saw will probably give the best result and even though I enjoy working with hand tools, I'm in favor of using the best tool for the job. I'd have to make a test cut on a scrap of that plywood sandwich to see how it would behave....

Watching you build the Mollino coffee table inspires me to build one as well, I think my wife would love to have one in our living room.
But right now time is tight and I have other projects in mind...

Take care my friend,

Al said...

WOW!!!!!!! Thanks, Neil.

What a treat it is to follow this build. I am learning so much from your episodes - I think I will try something a *little* like this, not as complex, until I develop my expertise with vacuum veneering, bending ply, and bending forms.

My hat's off to you, Neil.

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