First Bent Lamination

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Blog entry by mnpete posted 05-27-2011 02:53 PM 1682 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I enjoyed a couple extra days off earlier this week and was able to get some time out in the shop to experiment with some bent lamination…see all the gory details here…

I’ve been wanting to try this for some time now, and it was pretty fun. I’ll be doing more of this on a larger scale for sure!

This bend is made of alternating strips of Wenge and Padauk, and will become the handle for a box lid.

Thanks for looking, and any tips would be greatly appreciated. This first bend had quite a bit of sqeeze-out, so that means quite a bit of sanding to clean it up! I’ll have to be a little less generous on the next one.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 03:11 PM

Awesome! I can’t wait to see it out of the press.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 09:23 PM

Very cool set up.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 05-28-2011 04:07 AM

You got it good job! Try a thicker cover sheet on outside to disperse and spread clamp pressure. this radius could be done with a strap ratchet clamp also . curve the corners and leave a flat part on the back of jig for ratchet. FAST and simple. And the larger harbor freight strap clamps are a great bang for the buck! Its all about “PRESSURE” Right amount and consistent . Any thing to mitigate sanding.

-- Radiuswoodguy

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#4 posted 05-29-2011 05:12 AM

Great job! Bent form work opens a whole new area of woodworking.

Another thing to remember when the glue drying is complete. Don’t run the piece over your jointer to get one flat side. The dried glue will really mess up your blades. When I do bent form lamination, I use a belt sander to remove all the glue the run over the jointer to create a flat and square edge.

Another thing – when you get into bigger and bigger bent form work, you might want to think about creating a male and female form for the bending. Line the female form with thin cork. Then put your thin strips in between the two forms and pull them together with clamps. The thin cork will ensure even clamping pressure of the entire face of the glue strips. Also, I line the surface of my clamping forms with clear packing tape. This keeps any glue from sticking to the forms.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#5 posted 05-29-2011 09:14 PM

Thanks guys, and thanks for the tips. I’m a bending rookie, but would like to use it more in the future. These are pretty small parts, so I used a full sheet of sand paper on the benchtop and sanded the pieces down. I made a couple extra, so I’ll need to sand those down as well.

Next I’ll trim to size and try to leave a tenon at the base of each side of the handle to mate with a small mortise in the top of the lid.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#6 posted 06-02-2011 03:55 AM

Here you go…six arcs completed and sanded. I’ve got a couple different ideas how to incorporate them on the box lids, so I’ll be experimenting this next weekend.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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