Wood Handlebars for my bike

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Blog entry by davemoorefurniture posted 756 days ago 5294 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 756 days ago

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 756 days ago

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 756 days ago

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

Thanks a sharing both your talents !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 756 days ago

Loved it. Great video.

-- Create something everyday.

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#5 posted 756 days ago

Very cool video. Loved every bit of it

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

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#6 posted 755 days ago

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 755 days ago


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 755 days ago

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 755 days ago

Sweet HB’s and vid! You rock!

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#10 posted 755 days ago

Yo Dave Bravo!

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#11 posted 755 days ago

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

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

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#12 posted 755 days ago

Those are way cool! Awesome job on those man.

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

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#13 posted 755 days ago

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 755 days ago

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

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#15 posted 755 days ago


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

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