Today’s post has been written by Fernando, an architecture student from Madrid.
Perfect, sunny day with a morning breeze that clears the ideas to start the steam bending so we have a lot of work ahead. We started drawing and cutting jigs, we cut a total of twelve for the front legs, two for the back legs and one for backup. Once they were cut we drilled them on the table ensuring that they were sufficiently fixed. For front legs we had to make more templates because they needed to be in the jigs longer because of its sharp curve, besides many of them leave defective.
The next step is the cooking of wood up to one hundred degrees to get this flexible enough wood were easy to mould and fit the shape of the jig. The wood that we used is oak that we cut in appropriate lengths to avoid wasting materials. The cooking is a slow process that lasts from an hour and a half to two hours and it requires a continuous monitoring of the tank filled with boiling water.
We stopped for a break and we continued with the same thing in the afternoon. It is a day dedicated exclusively to the steam bending to get the shape of the pieces. The next day we will combine the steaml bending with the improvement of the pieces obtained today to get the pieces fit perfectly into the future chair and stool without any fault occurs in the process.
On Monday I spent some time developing an idea, seprerately from the rest of the group as follows:
THE CHAIR “MULTICHAIR” IS A SIMPLE, AND MULTIPLE CHAIR AND IT DOESN´T OCCUPY ANY SPACE. “MULTICHAIR” CONSISTS OF TWO COMPONENTS: THE STRUCTURAL SHEET AND THE SEAT. THE STRUCTURAL SHEET IS A FLEXIBLE WOOD PLATE THAT HAS RIBS INTERSPERSED IN THE SPACES. THE STRUCTURAL SHEET IS A PLATE THAT IS FOLDED AND ADAPTS TO ANY SHAPE AND IT ALSO HAS A STRUCTURAL FUNCTION. THE SECOND ELEMENT IS THE SEAT THAT MAY HAVE THE DESIRED SHAPE AS WE HAVE SAID THE STRUCTURAL SHEET FITS TO ANY FORM. IN THE DIAGRAM WE HAVE USED A SEMICIRCULAR SEAT AND WE HAVE COMBINED DIFFERENT WAYS GETTING VARIOUS SIMPLE AND FAST FUNCTIONS AND ESPECIALLY EASY TO SAVE!