Caldwell Forge &
Shop Notes With Harrison
An interesting project turned up recently. My cousin, Jane Crawford,
a stained glass artist in Columbus, MS, had some large pieces of fused glass
(around 3' long) and wanted some help deciding what to do with them.
Together, we chose a frame to mount the glass on so it could be hung in a
window. An alternative idea was to use the basic frame, add legs, and make
a table. The "window frame" is shown both with and without glass to show
the structure. It is primarily 3/4" tubing and weighs about 20 lbs.
The pictures of square steel and green glass show a proposed collar that
would be applied in at least 4 locations to provide mechanical fastening through
1/4" diameter holes on each side of the chosen tube
locations. This would augment a solid bead of clear silicone between the glass and the frame.
Frame with glass
|| Frame alone
|| Collar for mounting
|| Sketch of table |
The table needed sufficient mass and strength to serve as a coffee table.
The oval steel would be about 36" X 22" of 2" wide steel, and about 16"
high. Legs would be 1" square with flared feet and cross members of 3/4"
square. These would have square tenons and holes that would be riveted
attempt at these designs used copper tubing. My roll former flattened the
side of my attempts. I tried using
soft copper, hard
copper, and even packed sand in one test piece. I decided steel was a
Another recent project started
out as one I nearly turned down. A customer
called,asking if I could fix the springs on an antique daybed. This
isn't my normal
type of work, but I let him bring it by and
fixed it for him. He mentioned that he
didn't have ends
for it, and so I designed the ones you see at left. This needed to
be a combination of structural fabrication of the frame to
support integrity, and the hand-forged
center scrolls to provide a balanced
hot-collared scrolls soften the angular frame and give it a period
look. The customer had asked for something simple,
yet attractive, and was very