Wood Handlebars for my bike

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Blog entry by davemoorefurniture posted 08-07-2012 02:47 AM 7881 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again. I recently discovered while working through problems on a big bench commission that when I soak and prebend material intended for bent lamination, there is little to no spring-back in the finished part. What is spring-back you ask? It’s when a part is released from a form either steam bent or bent lamination and the part doesn’t quite hold the exact radius or curve. It’s generally not a problem as long as your form accounts for the slight difference. So, instead of continuing making the 30 bent arms I need for the 15 benches, I decide to go on a tangent and bust out my handle bar form and make some new bars out of Walnut. Then I can be seen enjoying them and shredding the streets on my bike.


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#1 posted 08-07-2012 03:21 AM

Wonderful video! I really enjoyed watching and listening to it. Thanks for posting.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 03:29 AM

This is the most unique wood working project I’ve ever seen, great job David, wonder what’s next? By the way how long is that table saw fence?

-- Rodman

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 04:19 AM

That was really cool.
Your video skills are as awesome as your woodworking.

Thanks a sharing both your talents !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 08-07-2012 04:37 AM

Loved it. Great video.

-- Create something everyday.

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#5 posted 08-07-2012 05:19 AM

Very cool video. Loved every bit of it

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 10:15 AM

Very cool!! what can’t you do in wood?
i loved it, unique project and a fantastic video. you are truly a talent in many ways !

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ----

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 10:24 AM


That’s a great video. But, the bar is so good, it should have shown the wood grain after you finished. Nobody will ever believe it’s not metal. Have you thought about building a wood frame bicycle? I’ve seen photos of several wood bicycles on the web. I also watched several of your other videos. Great job! But, anybody loading logs on a manual sawmill with a cant hook while a bobcat sits in the background sure isn’t lazy…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 08-07-2012 12:08 PM

Robbins’ “Big Iron” great choice
Loved the shot of the glue dripping
As above not showing the grain – unfortunate
Also it looks like you did not change directions
of the grain I would think this would have been
a good thing. Can you explain this choice?
Great job on both bar and vid

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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#9 posted 08-07-2012 12:45 PM

Sweet HB’s and vid! You rock!

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#10 posted 08-07-2012 01:14 PM

Yo Dave Bravo!

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#11 posted 08-07-2012 01:18 PM

The bars, very cool. Well done. Heck of wheelie!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 08-07-2012 04:16 PM

Those are way cool! Awesome job on those man.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#13 posted 08-07-2012 07:03 PM

Enjoyed the great woodworking, the biking and the music. Did you soak that wood in warm, or cold water?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 08-07-2012 07:55 PM

neat that you made them but a little too hipster for my taste

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#15 posted 08-07-2012 11:50 PM


-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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