I need to bend some wood to create a curved skirt for a poker table transportation case. It’s basically going to be a crate consisting on an upper and lower layer of 1/2″ OSB with a 6″ high sidewall that will be curved to fit the oval contour of the poker table that will be housed inside. I’ve opted to make the case’s front and back sidewall curved so as to make it more aerodynamic and lighter in weight than a plain square crate would be.
My questions are:
What type and thickness of ply would be best for the kerf cut bending I intend to do?
Appearance is not a concern.
What brand/type of glue is best to pack the kerf with?
I’d like the curved surface to be strong while being as light as possible (due to weight restictions of my roofracks).
Also, in experimenting with the kerf depth of cut and spacing, I’ve had some minor cracking on the exterior (outer curve); would slightly moistening the outside surface of the ply help it to bend more easily so as to avoid the cracking?
Edited 4/20/2008 5:48 pm ET by MisterShark