Bending Wood

Bending wood doesn’t require superhuman strength. There are a few common recipes and procedures that can be employed to create curved parts from straight boards. The Basics: • Steam it: Heat and humidity will make a board ripe for bending. • Laminate
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  • Curved Dividers for Glass DoorsCurved Dividers for Glass Doors

    by Richard Oedel

    The graceful and elegant curved muntins used on Federal furniture take time to make. But when executed well, they can transform a piece. Richard Oedel has devised ...

  • Tapered Laminations Made EasyTapered Laminations Made Easy

    by Michael C. Fortune

    Open up a new range of design possibilities by incorporating tapered curved laminations into your furniture. The best technique for making these laminations, Michael ...

  • A Guide to Bent LaminationsVideo: A Guide to Bent Laminations

    with Chris Gochnour

    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

  • A Guide to Bent Laminations: Part IIVideo: A Guide to Bent Laminations: Part II

    with Chris Gochnour

    Part 2 of 3: Resawing veneers on the bandsaw

  • A Guide to Bent Laminations: Part IIIVideo: A Guide to Bent Laminations: Part III

    with Chris Gochnour

    Part 3 of 3: Laminating veneers with a shopmade vacuum bag

  • Lamination BendingLamination Bending

    by Lon Schleining

    Lon Schleining wrote a book on bending wood; in this article, he shares his tips on lamination bending as an economical way to create bent-wood furniture parts ...

  • Take the Mystery Out of Steam-BendingTake the Mystery Out of Steam-Bending

    by Lon Schleining

    Lon Schleining demonstrates the basics of this technique by showing how to bend a back slat for a chair. He explains what the best wood is for steam-bending, and ...

  • Curved Table ApronsCurved Table Aprons

    by Bruce Peterson

    Bruce Peterson likes to find production methods that save time but don’t sacrifice quality. The tables he shows here have simple joinery, and he laminated layers ...

  • Bending Compound CurvesBending Compound Curves

    by Jere Osgood

    Jere Osgood says the key to the compound-staved lamination system is realizing that flat layers of wood can be bent to one radius at one edge, and to a different ...

  • Tapered LaminationTapered Lamination

    by Jere Osgood

    Jere Osgood continues his series on bending laminate. This article focuses on layers of wood that are not of uniform thickness -- tapered laminations and double-tapered ...

  • Steam BendingSteam Bending

    by William A. Keyser, Jr.

    William Keyser, Jr., says the distinct advantage of steam bending is that the grain of the wood follows the curve, thus eliminating the short-grain problems associated ...

  • Bending a TrayBending a Tray

    by Jere Osgood

    Jere Osgood's serving tray introduces the woodworker to bending a simple lamination. The tray can be made entirely with hand tools and clamps, although a tablesaw ...

  • Bent LaminationsBent Laminations

    by Jere Osgood

    In this, the first in a series of articles about bent lamination, Jere Osgood focuses on basics, such as how laminations differ from veneers. Lamination is an economical ...

  • Curved Panels for FurnitureCurved Panels for Furniture

    by David Haig

    Learn to make curved panels that taper in thickness and look and behave like solid wood. David Haig has a system that uses a solid-wood core, kerfed across its ...

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