Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'wood bending'

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Rocking Chair: An Online Course #7: Clamping Form for Bending 8 Strips to Make Rockers

02-28-2016 04:52 PM by HappyHowie | 1 comment »

I have bought the 3/4 inch plywood I will need in order to make the bending form JIG to make this chair’s two rockers. I got a clarification from Tom, my online instructor, for the undocumented radius for the outer form’s radius. The inner radius was clearly marked on the full sized plans to be 42 inches. I did not see any documentation for the outer’s curve radius, but it could be deduced with math. The rockers are made from eight 1/8 inch thick strips plus two clampi...

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Build a Steam Box

07-27-2013 11:41 PM by WoodJediNTraining | 8 comments »

Recently I purchased a Steam Bending Kit from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware so I could try out some Steam Bending. Bending wood is something I have never tried before and is out of my comfort zone. I wanted to dive into this area of woodworking and challenge myself as well as learn something new. So of the various forms of wood bending (Laminated Bending, Milled Bending, Steam Bending) I chose steam bending to be my first attempt. The kit I purchased included the reservoir, hose, and so...

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Luthiery Fun #5: Bending the Sides Part 2

10-05-2010 10:08 AM by Chinitorama | 4 comments »

Here’s a shot of my bookmatched sides ready to be bent: Many luthiers shape an edge on each side with a compound curve before bending. This aids fitting the back and makes it a good idea to label everything before you get started. I’ll shape this edge after bending, but want to ensure the grain is as symmetrical as possible from bass to treble sides of the finished instrument.Bending begins at the waist and I’ve marked this location approximately 14” from what wil...

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Luthiery Fun #4: Bending the Sides Part 1

10-04-2010 06:47 AM by Chinitorama | 1 comment »

Still without a climate controlled work room, I’ll continue through the list of tasks that can be done without a dehumidifier. Next up is one of the steps that seems to mystify a lot of non-guitar types: side bending. There are many different approaches to this task ranging from hi-tech electric blankets to boiling. My method is based on conversations with luthier friends and guitar geek research. It’s also probably one of the simplest to set up without spending a ton on exp...

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