To bend the wood for the seat, I soaked 1/4" Oak strips....put them in a bending jig....clamped it. Glued the 5 layers separately into one unit. Grain filler and 4…
Nice job. Maple and Walnut combo is one of my favorites. Did a piece with Birds Eye Maple too. All the small bird pieces left over got spun on the lathe and made into letter openers. Keep up the nice work. Mick
Very appropriate frame style for the subject matter....hope you have a Kenworth full of that moulding. What kind of finish did you apply?
Good question, DionsaurPets....I buzz sawed 2x Oak into 1 3/4" and 1 1/4" wide strips.....1/4" thick. Seat is about 18" long....and 12 wide. I'm guessing there's about 45 - 50 strips. I cleaned up the edges after the soaking and drying process..... glued alternating width strips together (edge to edge). I now have 5 bent sheets. Applied lots of glue to the sheets and put the assembled piece in C-Clamps. Cleaned up all 4 edges after the glue dried and finished it off with a palm sander. The bending technique was straight forward.....I laminated 6 - 2x6's together....drew a curved line on one edge (this curve produces the curve for the strips)...ran it though the Band Saw. I layered the wet strips into the curved jig....set the other half of the jig on the stack and bar clamped it solid. I let it sit a couple years to dry thoroughly in my green house. Steam Bending would speed the process along significantly. But I've got lots of time.
I'm impressed. Wonderful from start to finish.
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