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Glowing wood and resin furniture Answered

Can't get these glowing wood and resin chairs that Bright Woods showed off in Milan recently out of my head. I know that some glowing furniture wouldn't quite work in my house, but I really would love to make something like it. So instead I'm putting it out there to all of you. Please do something with this idea and post it here.

Bright Woods’ Tables and Chairs Captivate with an Engaging Glow


Available for a mere $50,000 @ http://www.giancarlozema.com/
click on project on the right side then design on the lower left. An awesome thing but way too pricey. I wold like to know the process but I thing that routing out furniture then placing in the resin tape with color oxides built into it (hollow) so that it can change colors. Then super clear resin pored all over it to protect it. If one gets broke just throw it away along with the puny amount of money you will pay for it, who cares. :-)

along a similar idea-
translucent concrete http://www.innovationlab.net/en/node/3276
fiber optic embedded wood http://www.decodir.com/2009/11/ultra-modern-translucent-wood-by-luminoso/

very cool!


7 years ago

Maybe here more information can be extracted: http://www.lamellux.com/gammes/16/


8 years ago

I think I'd be inclined to use acrylic sheets alternating with timber (or something that looks like wood), with some sort of keyed assembly and a hollow center for the light sources. That way, the would wood be free to expand somewhat, without cracking the resin.

Need some way to change the light... maybe leave the bottom open?

 I could get close with simple rope lights, but nowhere near this clean.

instead of using layers of wood, couldnt you construct it as a whole, route out strips like and inch or 2 deep, then fill with a colored epoxy mixed with luminescent powder. no shrinking, no seperating.  just a thought.

This is a picture I just took of some thin wood slices. I'm thinking they'll make a nice lamp shade....


8 years ago

WOW that is cool. Imagine stainless steel or copper! Maybe even just black or silver and blue light!

 After a while, you may have separation of the layers.  You are laminating two very different types of materials.  Wood does shrink over time as it dries out or may expand with humidity.  Depending on the choice of glue, if you have a cured stable piece of dense hardwood, and an optimal display environment, there might be cracks or gaps showing up in the joints.

You might experiment with different layers stained or dyed with UV reactive products and create a laminated stock that glows under blacklight.

i wonder if you could get around the delamination issue by actually casting the resin "inside" the wood? make the wood pieces separately, and on the inside of them either have studs or notches or something that would allow the resin to lock the wood into the resin casting, then pour your resin in. you'd obviously also need some kind of outer mold otherwise your resin would all pour out. depending on what's used as the plastic portion this could be as simple as some creative taping.

 I'm sure there is a way to minimize the effects of the wood shrinking and expanding relative to the plastic layer.  You could texturize the mating surfaces for greater glue area and dimple it to grab on better.  Maybe even do the process under a vacuum to draw the resin into the wood pores.  It would hold up for a while but will never be like an antique but a casting from the industrial age.

If you used a different type of wood, like Baltic Birch plywood, the shrinkage and movement due to humidity would be minimal.

Actually, I already had this idea, though only as a case for a smaller gizmo.  I will still use the idea, especially now that I know it'll look fantastic.  ;)

So Instructables, how about a nice electronics- or gizmo- related contest?  My time is sparse, and often the only way I can convince my wife to let me build something epic is when there's a prize at the end of the tunnel...

That's a possibility...  I don't think it would be multicoloured, though.  That looks rather tacky IMO.

 Ooooo, mysterious glowing orb from the future.  I think some aliens are looking for that in order to get home.  Night light or something?

Oh I like these... Don't know if I have the stuff about to make them but I could try...

you could get a similar effect using wide strips of EL wire.  Just a thought.