Beta Project: Hardwood experiments
Posted by
jkopel
 
Joined Sep 29, '15 

A while ago @dan stated that hardwood was not going to work for “living” hinges.

This sounded like a challenge, but I decided that I would just mess around with making flat wood springs.
I do have some uses in mind for them but for now they are just experiments in how the hardwood reacts to being cut into very thin delicate forms.

Here are most of what I have tried.




This is one of the ways I see using them. The rings just fit over the slats, and the little disk in the bottom is a press fit, and the whole thing is a lot stronger then I expected. I can squeeze it really hard and it has not broken. Yet.


I am thinking about lamp shades and pencil holders and other desk accessory kinds of things.

Here is the most successful form so far. The cuts are slightly oval as opposed to being straight up and down, and the result is very elegant looking when it is stretched out (if I do say so myself).
It stretches amazingly far without breaking. Yet.



If you turn the cuts 90 degrees across the grain it is even more flexible, but also much more fragile. I also noticed that when cut this way the wood reacts very strongly to being cut, and the stresses end up curving the pieces (these started as straight line cuts.


Here is what happens if you stretch just a little too far.


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