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.
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.
Josh, I love the work with the wood… and your storytelling skill, too. I start to think of making acrylic elements that will hold the ends of the springy bits in place to create different shapes… and then putting lights in them, so there will be pretty shadows…
I have made lots of lamps and lamp shades. One key requirement is to make sure they won’t melt/burn from the heat of the lamps. LEDs help a lot with this, but even LED bulbs get warm enough to cause problems in the long run, and I like to make things that will last for the long run.
In other words, I am thinking about making additional wood pieces, or metal frames to hold these, instead of acrylic.
I will happily share these files when I get a chance to clean them up a bit early next week.
Maybe because there’s a secret beta-only area that we non-beta folk can’t see where they share tips & techniques and thoughts and pie. Then if it looks like it’s got wider interest they move it over here for the rest of us to see (but we don’t get any pie).