Hollow Plytube tube sample
Materials and techniques
The unique material Plytube is made by Lee by gluing steamed thin plywood sheets together and formed using a mandrel. Maple and birch veneer are the basic material for plytube where different species of veneer or colour are added on the final layer.
The light weight of this full-sized stool combined with a rigid structure demonstrates the potential of such a process which reduces overall volume of material whilst increasing efficiencies in packaging and transportation overheads.
With additional processes to harden the wood, the tube can be fabricated to a specified diameter, thickness, colour and type of wood. This material is very light, strong, long lasting and suitable for all kinds of tooling and wood finishing. It could serve as material for both architectural and day-to-day purposes.