Here is collection of various tests and idears I’ve had both across it’s three predecessors and amidst my various CnC explorations. It’s not a final design by any means, but as a culmination of solutions, it’s got potential.
One of my recent epiphanies in CnC building was the use of what i call a bridge, as it’s a tertiary element that allows two non-perpendicular planes to join. I didn’t invent it for sure, but it is key if you have a flat seat but splayed legs, or vertical legs with a faceted seat design.
In this case, i would be testing suspended but bent-on-the-fly planes; above you can see where all the female mount points are that run the length of the side rails. To the right corner are the hog outs to leave a male joint portion of the legs.
One of the things i learned from the previous prototypes was how costly keeping legs & frame rails as one piece was, space and thus material wise; below is almost 6 feet of material dedicated to rails alone.
If i wanted my design to be more material effective, this meant i needed the design to allow for separate legs, which would require a joint; while mostly hidden i saw the need for the design to be exceptional. I half seriously call my shop “Evergreen Wood Works” as we are located on Evergreen Avenue. I had previously designed a logo for a street-wide community event based on an evergreen icon, so this seemed like a good fit – with a little adaptation, this ended up working quite nicely, and i am hoping to continue to use this as my primary joint for on-plane attachment. (I also echoed the joint shape with an engraving in the top left corner of the shoulder rest.)
Next Up: Assembly!