David (Mon PM TG) –
The timber is American Maple and the darker pieces are anodised aluminium. The end pieces were formed by cutting lengths with a 3 degree angle on each side and then gluing them together in a similar fashion as to how wine barrels are made. This was then planed smooth using an old plane with a base that can be adjusted into a curve.
The joining pieces were machined from aluminium and then anodised in a solution with a blue dye and then fixed into the timber with epoxy. Most of the build time was spent applying finish and sanding between each coat before glue up.
We use it all the time to remove and put shoes on in the entryway of our house.