The close up on the edges shows an artifact in the design. Out of habit I kerf adjusted the pieces, inkscape can introduce artifacts to paths when you do so. Unfortunately there was a small displacement on two nodes where there should have been one, as such you see small overburns on every piece. Especially noticeable on the maple.
The contrast between the woods really jump out when viewed from an oblique angle. This would be enhanced if I were to oil the woods. I may take the time to try finishing them at some point, but for now I’m leaving it as is.
Final thoughts? In terms of stability, the structure is fairly sturdy. I glued the bottom run to the base and glued the pivot points of all of the top layer. When that set, all of the inherent flexibility of the structure was suppressed; the result is a rigid structure. I’m not sure I’d call it strong per se, but I don’t feel like I have to baby it either.
A plywood would probably be a stronger option but since you’re looking at edges primarily here just remember how that will affect your outcome. Painted-edge plywood could look very cool.
Not a stupid question at all! I think curving links could be really cool. I discussed a number of possibilities in my original slat post thread, here’s an excerpt:
Straight sides? Literally for squares. Curve your links. Put sharp angles on them. Make them have inner cutouts. Engrave their surfaces. Paint them.
The only thing I’ll say for curves and angles at this scale is that hardwoods will snap across their grain very easily. If you go for very wide slats it might work in hardwood, but if you want to userhin slats like these (1/8”) then you probably need to use more stable materials. Acrylic and plywood come to mind, but I’m sure there are others.
I love how this looks. Like all good ideas, this method is the start of an explosion of creativity using different materials, shapes and outcomes. This “seed” will grow in many different ways and I am very appreciative of your generosity. Sharing your experiences and insights is so helpful to someone like me.
I love a project of slowly constructing an object out of lots of tiny pieces. I feel this needs a “construction” video with someone speaking softly in the background about the process of connecting each piece - Bob Ross style.
Hmm I bet 1/16" oak dowels would be pretty strong… I actually have some kicking around the shop in my dowel collection, I should give it a whirl when I have time. (which may be never, so if someone else wants to do it, post pics!)
Since I was working in hardwoods at this fine scale, this is not very practical. Aesthetics aside (I wanted it to be open, like crenelations), you will be crossing grain with your top oval, and that will be extremely fragile. You could stack two layers and cross them and probably get away with it, but I felt that even if I wanted to do that (which I didn’t), it would be too thick and heavy for what I was trying to do here.
If you look at the other slat project I posted (linked above), you can see that I did in fact put a solid ring on top – it’s not a bad look, just not what I was going for here.