Design and Technology (D&T) KS3: Laminating wood
This video explains the processes for laminating thin, flexible layers of wood to form a stiff, usable shape.
The video shows the example of an armrest, but the technique can easily be used for something like a kitchen spatula, a curved wooden housing for a boombox or other electronic device.
Points for discussion
Discuss the properties of materials and what allows them to be flexible.
How would you adapt this process for a much larger project, like a curved chair design or a skateboard deck?
- How would you adapt the technique for mall scale batch production, reusing a mould or jig to repeat designs or components?
- What types of commercially-available products are made using these types of technique?
- How to you assess how to apply the correct amount of adhesive?
- What are drying/curing times for PVA and other glues?
- What are the limitations of these products? For example, what would you need to do to make a spatula waterproof?
- Students could have a general discussion about wood finishing techniques.
- How can flexible plywood can be moulded around a tighter radius bend?
- Discuss the limitations of only being able to bend shapes in one plane rather than creating compound curves.
- Design and make a kitchen spatula or clay sculpting tool.
- Design and build a boombox case for a commercially-available speaker circuit.
- Research the designs of Charles and Ray Eames and design a scale piece of furniture using these lamination techniques.
- Create a stand for an LED lamp.
- At KS4 lamination can be used for a huge variety of design ideas, for example furniture elements, box housings, custom skateboards, etc.
Suitable for teaching Design and Technology (D&T) at KS3/4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 3rd and 4th Levels in Scotland.