W5 TWO MATERIAL – FOLDEDSHELF

This week, I focus on experimenting with metal since I never used it before and the material is really beautiful and attractive to me. Inspired by paper folding, I decided to make 3D structure from a single 2D rectangle metal sheet. Then use wood as an assistance material to make the structure functional.

I started with this thin alum sheet. My first plan was to drill small holes on the sheet and then use machine to cut the lines.

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After asking different people, I found it maybe dangerous to cut metal with blades for wood. So I end up with using chisel and hammer to cut the lines by my hands. It’s not that easy but I don’t want to take any risks with safety this time.

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The lines were not as smooth as I expected but I got it.

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I bended the alum sheet to get the basic structure.

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Then did the details.
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I cut the wood pieces.
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Pre-drilled small holes first and then drilled the screws.

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Finally, I have my 2d-3d shelf.

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In fact, after I finished the metal part, I found the structure was beautiful with unexpected interesting shadows. It could be used for many other functions. Here are some photos of it.

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2 thoughts on “W5 TWO MATERIAL – FOLDEDSHELF

  • Good work. I’m glad you experimented with metal, but I don’t agree with how you cut the lines. Chiseling metal like that is a good way to dull or ruin a chisel. Chisels should be used for wood only.

    I’m glad you tried the bend to shape the metal. Not an easy form to make. I wish the screws were silver to match the aluminum.

    The wood isn’t as strong for me, if it was darker like walnut or stained, I think it would pop more.

    • Well, maybe I use the wrong tool again… : ( Apologize again…

      But I feel like we don’t have many choices for metal in the shop here. Is there a tool that we can use for cutting lines like what I want this time? Most machines are for wood and cutting metal will ruin their blades I guess…

      And I bought the gold screws because I thought they’re pretty cool. Unfortunately maybe the final result is not that good as I expected. But I definitely learnt a lot from that and I think I’ll do it much better if I need to make something like this in the future.

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