Custom Birch Ply Storage Project

This is a piece of furniture I made for my Father for my Design Technology course at college. It took a reasonable amount of time to complete and now it is I'm pretty pleased. It's constructed entirely from 18mm birch ply, even the draws (overkill..? Nah!), apart from the curved tops, and drawer fronts.
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    Beautiful cabinet. I really like the design. You might want to rotate some of the pictures, though.
    I love that AC/DC is on the turntable. Dirty Deeds is a great album.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    The simple way to make the bendable plywood tops and drawer fronts would be to simply make kerf cuts on the underside spaced approx. 1/4 inch apart cutting almost all the way down thru all but that last layer of plywood and that might take 10 minutes to do and that plywood will bend like an accordion. That beats steaming or laminating and gluing.

    Hey Phantom are you going to ever post the dxfs or other files on your construction? I have a cnc machine and i'd like to cut something like this. If you post them or send to me I could convert them to cuttable cad files. Thanks


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a beautiful piece of furniture I think lining the shelves and drawers with black felt would be a nice touch but other than that small personal preference I love this set up.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not too sure about the finer details but there are a couple of ways (That I can think of) to bend wood:
    - Steaming, you steam the wood until it's pliable and then form it around a mould
    - You may just be able to use thin veneers of ply and glue them onto a mould, and maybe hold them on with ratchet straps (?).
    - Glue the veneers together and tack them onto a mould, Remove the tacks, or leave them in.
    - Use a two part mould which, (is harder to make) and would push the ply on either side forming it to the shape.

    I'm sure there's loads more but that's all I can think of at the moment.
    Hope it helps