A Guide to Bent Laminations
Chris Gochnour guides you through the steps to creating curved forms in this exclusive three-part video series. Part 1 shows how to make a sturdy bending form
In the first of three videos, furniture maker Chris Gochnour gets you started in the process of creating curved furniture parts by laminating multiple thin layers of wood, a technique known as bent lamination. An elegant curved part begins with a bending form. Here, Gochnour demonstrates how to build a sturdy plywood form and shape its curved components with a router template.
Part 2: Resawing Thin Plies from Thick Lumber
Produce your own veneers from a single board to create a finished piece that looks like a solid piece of wood.
Part 3: Gluing Up and Trimming
Gochnour details his shopmade vacuum bag and demonstrates how to use it to glue up a bent lamination.