A Scandinavian company called smart cone has patented a new, exclusive way to laminate veneer cones. Their special technique, according to the company, “facilitates an endless array of possibilities.”
On the one hand, a table leg would no longer need to be turned. They can apparently extract enough force from the veneers to produce an arrangement like this:
Note that the foot has a cork insert, which eliminates the need to add non-marking pads to the legs.
Less material is used overall.
The company also thinks way beyond simple table legs:
“Clever Cone offers a new perspective on product development. It allows designers and manufacturers to develop products and components that were previously too complex or expensive to produce. Whether replacing existing parts or developing completely new products, the Clever Cone can be applied wherever needed.
“The rolling process allows for an endless spectrum of cross-sections – geometric, organic, symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes. Depending on the needs and desired looks, cones can be pressed on demand to achieve your project goal.”
I had hoped to get some insight into their process, but they are keeping it very secret. However, you can contact them here.