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    a tour de force in wood

    I'm a sucker for sneaky geometry, a lot of why I love molds. Years ago I saw one of these things on eBay and decided I needed to make one. It's an old Chinese form called a one-plank-stool. Guys at work were bugging me about it, so I dusted it off. It is a low folding stool carved from a single chunk of wood.

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    "The former lives of objects need not interfere with their current use."

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    Nice work, is that all carved with a knife?

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    Made with chisels and saws , primarily. One of the more challenging aspects was getting the proportions right for the action, from a photograph. As I recall, it involved tracing off the screen on plastic film and sliding around the cut out shapes. This was back in the days of dial-up, no printer available.
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    I agree, quite intricate, and one has to really plan ahead. Now, you want to REALLY impress someone? Cast on up in aluminum.
    (Probably can't be done.)

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    (Probably can't be done.)

    You probably shouldn't say that around these parts!! (No I'm not up for the challenge!)

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    Actually, casting would be fairly straightforward. Cast two non interlocked pieces; build the interlinking piece in wax through the precast pieces (refractory coated} invest and cast; build the last piece in wax through the previous pieces (coated), invest and cast. Easy peasey.
    "The former lives of objects need not interfere with their current use."

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    Make it in lost foam... get it working, take it apart and cast!
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