Picture of Kerfing
Beginning a material study at the University of East London, me and some classmates started to think about different ways of testing wood. The first idea was to work with its flexibility by making sections all the way through it and test different ways of doing it. At first we didn't knew which kind of wood we wanted to test, so we began by using cherry wood with thickness of 5cm. After running some test with different kinds of kerffing, we notices no substantial bending, leading us at testing different proportions for the same kind of wood. When the thickness was changed for 3cm and the kerffing style continued, bending was noticed on the material, although the material broke every time the bending was forced. This reaction is due to the wood fibers which goes only one way, on most types of wood, leading us to change the type of wood. Seeking for something with different kinds of fibers running different ways, we started working with plywood. The layers of this material and its resistance made possible the idea of bending wood. After the cuts, the sheet of plywood would assume a rubbery similarity and could be bended in different ways, concluding our work.

I see a comfy kerf chair in my future lol

Planestorm1 year ago
What was the spacing on the kerfs?
I looked at your kerfing project and saw a base for fiber glassing projects. The kerfed board can be supported simply to create the desired shape. The kerfs can be of differing dimensions, close for tight curves and wide for long sweeping curves and twists. Real nice project, it takes me back to architecture school where we had cool projects to stimulate our creativity.
cabralingrid (author)  townsend12122 years ago
thanks for the support townsend1212!