Opposing Arch Table #7: Laminating the Arches

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Blog entry by Blake posted 11-17-2008 07:54 AM 3316 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally I have the first set of arches glued and clamped in the bending form. I have only made the arches for the hall table so far. Once I finish it I will go back and do the coffee table.

Since I only made one form for each shape I did it in two stages. I glued the first two arches yesterday and just got the identical (“opposing”) set in the forms tonight.

I used my Thin-Strip Jig to cut the bending strips. That was very repetitive work for a while. I cut all the strips for all of the 8 arches at the same time. Each arch is made of 6 strips about 1/8” thick for about 3/4” total thickness (and 3/4” wide as well).

Then I mixed up the glue. After carefully reading over the highly technical instructions several times, I figured out that it is actually easier to mix the adhesive like pancakes (add a little powder, add a little water) without measuring. It seemed to work fine.

I screwed one half of the form to a MDF “base” to keep it flat, added a lot of packing tape to keep it from sticking, and then clamped the other half of the form together with the strips in the middle.

I definitely tested the limits of my clamp collection!

By tomorrow I will have all four arches for my hall table laminated. After I pop them out of the form I will start working on sanding and fitting them to the table.

About another 6 hours went into laminating the arches. Total project time: 28 hours.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-17-2008 08:18 AM

Sweet Blake,

Can’t wait to see this complete. Very impressive clamp collection. This thin strip jig is that for the table saw?
If so sounds much quicker then cutting these on the bandsaw.

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#2 posted 11-17-2008 08:52 AM

Yea, it is a huge time-saver. With my “Glue Line Rip Blade” from Freud I didn’t even have to run the strips through my thickness sander. It took about 20-30 minutes to cut 54 strips (6 per arch plus a few extra).

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-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 11-17-2008 11:00 AM

You can never have enought clamps (even the light weight cheep ones are good enbough for this task). You are progressing well!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#4 posted 11-17-2008 03:28 PM

Very nice work. Bending wood in layers is a lot of fun. Looks like your having fun.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 11-17-2008 03:38 PM

Great progress, Blake.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-17-2008 07:10 PM

Great job Blake. Coming along great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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