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Project by Lazyman posted 12-28-2017 02:38 PM 669 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another shameless imitation of a shelf seen at a craft show by my daughter in Brooklyn, NY so I decided to make her one for Xmas. You can buy one from them here (www.thewavertreeco.com). This was made by steam bending some beech strips around a form. I made a bending strap cut from a roll of roof flashing to prevent splitting in tightest parts of the bend. I used sketchup to define the shape and size and then to print a full size template of the form. I just used wood I had on hand—poplar for the shelves and basswood for the top. It is about 24” x 12” high and wide and about 3.5” deep. Finished with GF water based black cherry stain darkened with some Transtint black walnut dye then top coat of GF water based high performance.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.





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#1 posted 12-28-2017 03:19 PM

Very nice Nathan. Came out great!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 12-28-2017 03:39 PM

Beautiful!! I have never tried bending wood, but I think I might give it a try. Really nice!!

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#3 posted 12-28-2017 05:57 PM

Can you give more details about the bending strap? How did you fasten it to the wood?

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#4 posted 12-28-2017 07:23 PM

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Can you give more details about the bending strap? How did you fasten it to the wood?

- CharlieK

I attached 2 thin blocks of wood to the metal strap with some short screws so that the wood strip I am bending would fit between them fairly snugly. As you bend it, these tighten further and help keep the strap in place. You can also use some simple spring clamps to help keep them in place during the bend but you may have to remove the clamps as get ready to clamp it to the form near the ends.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 12-28-2017 07:28 PM

I attached 2 thin blocks of wood to the metal strap with some short screws so that the wood strip I am bending would fit between them fairly snugly. As you bend it, these tighten further and help keep the strap in place. You can also use some simple spring clamps to help keep them in place during the bend but you may have to remove the clamps as get ready to clamp it to the form near the ends.

- Lazyman

Thanks!

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#6 posted 12-30-2017 04:42 PM

Nicely done. Like the stirrup look to it.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#7 posted 12-31-2017 03:20 PM


Nicely done. Like the stirrup look to it.

- Scott Oldre

Hah. Never thought about it that way. I guess these might sell well at a rodeo craft show. Looks like I’ll be making a couple more at least. Friends and family want one too.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 12-31-2017 03:21 PM

Cool design and built,I like it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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