Arched Bed #5: Learning Curve

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Blog entry by newTim posted 09-23-2009 05:59 AM 4275 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So after building the giant forms I’m finally ready for the first glue lamination. Since this arch section is made out of 8/4 maple I decided to resaw on the tablesaw. I used a thin kerf blade and set a Grip-Tite about 1/4” opposite the fence as a stop. I’ve turned the saw 180 degrees in the shop so I can keep the jointer out and have better (central) access to the dust collector. So far it is working great. As you can see from the pictures the form was large and the arch came out pretty good for a first attempt. And, once again, you can’t have to many clamps.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 02:35 PM

The arch came out great. It really isn’t easy to work with such big pieces, but you have organized it really well. I would also like to compliment you on a very orderly and well-equipped shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 03:47 PM

Looking great! I will stay tuned to your blogs…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 06:25 PM

This sure is coming along nicely !I’m glad your posting it step by step I can’t wait to see it when your done.

I like your roller stand were did you get it?

Thanks for posting this!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 06:36 PM

Looks great! Quick technique question: Did you have much in the way of saw marks on the strips after cutting them down on the table saw? If so, did they create an issue when gluing up the lamination? Or did you sand or joint out the saw marks?

I just tried my hand at bent laminations and since I wasn’t sure if the saw marks would be an issue, I made sure to joint and plane each piece. I have another one to do, this time with thinner pieces, so planing won’t be an option, but I’m wondering if I will need to sand them down or not.

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#5 posted 09-23-2009 09:00 PM

Thanks fellas. I’ll post pictures of the other two arches tonight.

captkerk… now that I think about it, no, there were not that many saw marks. I was using a newly sharpened blade but ran them lightly across the jointer anyway. They were cut a little thicker than 1/4” any thinner and I would have used the drum sander. I have the 10” Jet which works well. The tradeoff seems to be the thinnner the more flexible but the greater number of glue lines. I think the idea is to try to get flat faces with as sharp edges as you can. I tried to match the grain to help the lamination lines dissappear. You can still see some of them and I’m debating whether to cover the face up with veneer. I’m thinking I could do one side and see how it looks. I don’t know. We’ll see.

-- tim hill

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#6 posted 09-25-2009 01:32 AM

I don’t have a drum sander otherwise I wouldn’t worry if I should sand them, I’d just do it. But since I don’t, I was thinking about jointing the board, cutting a strip off, then jointing the board again before cutting off each subsequent strip. I think I will just try carefully and lightly sanding the saw marks off the unjointed face. Thanks for the tips and good luck with your decision to veneer or not.

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#7 posted 09-28-2009 11:15 PM

Rj… I picked up the roller stand a few years ago at Woodcraft. I’ve seen them around many places. I think Rockler sells them and possibly Harbor Freight.

-- tim hill

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