Finally, a place to put all your layers. From coats, to hoodies, to scarves, to bags, and umbrellas, this rack can hold it all. Our love of Sutro Tower's minimal lines inspired us to create a beautiful art piece that also functions to declutter your environment. Drawing from Sutro Tower's actual architecture we designed a highly stable yet elegant form that serves as a backbone for a modular storage rack system.
The rack has been very thoughtfully designed to create as little waste as possible and to utilize sustainable materials. Inspired by the strength and durability of a laminated skateboard deck, the rack’s legs are created from laminated pressed bamboo. The metal wireframe supports utilize bent steel rod. This creates an strong, yet lightweight piece that is easy and cost efficient to pack and ship.
Bamboo is a great material for bending as it naturallyChina Plasma Coating Machine Manufacturers is already very flexible and incredibly strong. Most other types of woods can not bend as easily and still stay in one piece. I did a ton of research online to figure out the best way to bend bamboo with the tools I had available. I ended up deciding to use a 10,000 pound press over any other method utilizing positive and negative molds made from inexpensive wood. This by far was the best solution where I could control the bend of the wood to exact tolerances every time.
So I went to my local Bamboo supplier PlyBOO and bought some Saharad Stranded Bamboo Ply in 1/4" thick sheets. I then tried various methods of construction from simply bonding large sheets to bonding thinner strips. I found the best method for my project was to cut out the stirps of wood to just a 1/4" wider than the final leg. This way I reduce waste incredibly and it also made it very simple to run a edge router along the piece for finishing. Once I had these strips of bamboo cut out I layered them in a 4 ply stack up with a special glue from West System called Gflex. This epoxy was great as it still allowed for the bamboo to have some natural flex and expansion over time. I applied the glue over the ply and then layered the plys as even as possible. Once they were stacked I placed them into my home-made mold there I created a negitive and positive shape on both ends of the press. I did try various methods from just cutting out huge pieces of wood to thinner ribs as you see here in the photos. I found that the ribs worked fairly well and actually prevented any shifting /sliding of the piece.. The big plus was I was also able to press multiple legs in one go.
Once I had the legs pressed and cured I went ahead and started the finishing process. I used some simple powered hand tools like a router, and sander to get the roughed out shape. Once I had the rough shape I went through and removed any imperfections by hand with several different grits of sandpaper from 80-200. When the sanding was all done I moved onto either putting them into the RAW pile or the pile for Carbonization.
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