Major Works Project – Adelaide T
I would just like to mention that these projects the Year 12 Timber students have completed are highly impressive for their experience, being one year of timber in Stage 5, getting used to a new teacher in Year 11, and working with a workshop that needed a few little upgrades. These projects would be even more spectacular given the right formula from the start but alas, nothing in life is perfect and you have to work with what you have in front of you.
This project design and creation was inspired from a video found online, and Adelaide’s uncle who was a TAS teacher. Every part of this project has been practised and reproduced for the final version. When you are creating curves it triples the difficulty and time, therefore, the testing needs to be thorough. What Adelaide produced is nothing short of a masterpiece in the cabinetry world.
The project is a Curved Hall Table and I have created a slide show of all the processes involved from start to finish just so you can grasp the idea of how much time and effort has gone into this project. The table top is made from 37 individual pieces laminated together with a thick back piece with smaller middle pieces to create the curve that you can see. The legs needed a curved jig designed from the curve at the front of the table top and they contained 5 individual pieces glued and then clamped to the jig. These were sanded and attached to the underneath of the table top with a domino joint. The bottom base pieces connected to the bottom section for the legs also needed a curved jig and this piece was steamed bent. The ends of these pieces used a blind mortise and tenon joint to connect to the bottom of the legs, all hand built. What is impressive about this part is that the timber was 35mm thick making it very difficult to steam bend this thickness of timber. Parts of the timber cracked and she fixed this with a bow tie or butterfly joint which was very impressive to prevent the crack getting larger over time.
The drawers were just as complicated with probably about 10 goes of steam bending the drawer front carcass and the drawer false front. The sides of the drawers were connected to the top of the table top with a sliding dovetail joint. This proved problematic because she had to cut through 17 thin pieces of timber 4 times, very time consuming and the fitting process took even longer making sure she bevelled each edge carefully by hand. The front of the drawer carcass was connected with a hand made curved single dovetail joint and the back was connected with a through housing and rebate joint. A template was made for the bottom of the drawers and she ordered some glass to give the transparent feel between the top of the project, through the drawers all the way through to the floor. Two hooks and some wire to stop the drawers from coming out too far and crashing onto the ground, safety first.
The project was finished with two coats of timber oil and the look is as you can see unbelievable, well done Adelaide. Not bad for one of our future health care workers.
Year 12 Year Advisor/ TAS Teacher