We used 1/8" MDF to make forms using a boat building method called stitch and glue. You basically cut patterns out of MDF and stitch them together with copper wire.
When the form is completed to this point You paint the inside with thin marine epoxy, this will case harden it. Next you use epoxy mixed with wood flour as a thickener and make a filet of thickened epoxy on the inside corners also we added supports on the inside for added strength.
Inside supports and the case bottom.
|Raka Marine Epoxy|
You can see the fillet of epoxy and a hole added to the supports. The hole is added in case the table is ever shipped in an airplane cargo, this will allow the piece to pressurize so it wont get crushed in un-pressurized cargo storage. Because the inside is sealed and under different pressure this has actually happened to a former student shipping a project home!
When this dries you cut the wires and use the same thickened epoxy to seal the corners of the outside because there is a small gap where the corners meet. This is sanded smooth latter.
|Dont forget to tape the corners for easy epoxy clean up!|
|This is only half of the small stands made that week.|
As of today I have finished the first table with some mahogany and what Ive been told is quilted/pommele sapele veneer for the top. I will post the other table when it is finished. This is a very interesting way of making furniture and there is a lot of information on the stitch and glue method of boat building out there so if your interested give it try and leave a comment if you have any questions.