SpiralConeLegs

Modern Table Legs and Upholstered Benches

Ventura, California · 90 Sales

SpiralConeLegs

Modern Table Legs and Upholstered Benches

Ventura, California 90 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(13)

Announcement   Everything here is made of our own design, with our own hands, in our home shop.
A husband and wife collaboration, These table legs grew from a dinner napkin sketch that she made.

The legs,
These unique modern table legs are made of 1/4" cold steel round bar formed and tig welded into a spiral cone ending at a 1-1/2" diameter solid steel ball.
Made with my own hands in small numbers in Ventura CA, They are very sturdy and can support a heavy table. Black powder coat finish, suitable for Indoor or Outdoor Use.

The Benches,
A bench is a structural organism that must withstand varied and sometimes large dynamic loads, it should be strong enough to handle anything that life has to throw at it, yet not so heavy that it cannot easily be moved from room to room.
To accomplish this I decided to take an engineered approach and build these benches as stressed skin panels. These and other skin resistant shapes are a benevolent gift of nature that should be exploited to much greater use in our created environment. Our 59-inch bench requires 1/4 as much tree to create, yet has the comparable strength of a 2-inch thick solid wood slab.

Furthermore this substantial savings in mass is all in the bench top, giving the bench a lower center of gravity, which is always a nice thing. Indeed with about half the weight in the legs, I feel that we have struck the perfect balance, the bench feels very solid but not the least bit top heavy. We keep a 47-inch bench at the foot of our bed that gets pressed into service at the dining table every saturday night.

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Last updated on Aug 29, 2016

Everything here is made of our own design, with our own hands, in our home shop.
A husband and wife collaboration, These table legs grew from a dinner napkin sketch that she made.

The legs,
These unique modern table legs are made of 1/4" cold steel round bar formed and tig welded into a spiral cone ending at a 1-1/2" diameter solid steel ball.
Made with my own hands in small numbers in Ventura CA, They are very sturdy and can support a heavy table. Black powder coat finish, suitable for Indoor or Outdoor Use.

The Benches,
A bench is a structural organism that must withstand varied and sometimes large dynamic loads, it should be strong enough to handle anything that life has to throw at it, yet not so heavy that it cannot easily be moved from room to room.
To accomplish this I decided to take an engineered approach and build these benches as stressed skin panels. These and other skin resistant shapes are a benevolent gift of nature that should be exploited to much greater use in our created environment. Our 59-inch bench requires 1/4 as much tree to create, yet has the comparable strength of a 2-inch thick solid wood slab.

Furthermore this substantial savings in mass is all in the bench top, giving the bench a lower center of gravity, which is always a nice thing. Indeed with about half the weight in the legs, I feel that we have struck the perfect balance, the bench feels very solid but not the least bit top heavy. We keep a 47-inch bench at the foot of our bed that gets pressed into service at the dining table every saturday night.

Lance Stephenson

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About

Often what I want doesn't exist, so I build it.

back in 2005 or so I was all about making these concrete tables
I needed ideas for steel table legs and Silvia quickly sketched out a spiral cone atop a ball onto a dinner napkin.
I said Holy Crap that's perfect!!! or something to that effect, stunning, sturdy, modern, what's not to love!

From an old sprocket, some pipe fittings, a couple of bearings and some round bar, I built a cone shaped mandrel with a crude hand crank, powered for the first prototype by my nephew, who was quickly replaced by an electric motor

this is a manufactured product, but on a micro scale
I make each leg with my own hands in our home shop

The benches are brand new, I have been thinking of these for years, and working on and perfecting the process for the last six months or so.
Not simple wooden slabs, the bench tops are actually stressed skin panels, which is an incredibly efficient engineered shape. Reasonably light in weight, yet crazy strong, note the photo of an un-upholstered bench with over a thousand pounds of gravel in 50lb sacks stacked on it!
We are making these benches in six lengths, 38" 47", 59", 72", 84", and 95"

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  • Lance Stephenson

    Owner, Loose Nut Tinkering In His Garage

    I have been taking things apart and repairing or just seeing what makes them tic, since I was a child. I marvel at the physical world around me and and am always seeking ways to improve it.

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