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#1 posted 10-08-2012 06:36 PM

Ive made a bunch of bentwood veneers rings

First step is cut your strip.

Second step is to sand the ends of the strip to a nice taper (thickness, not width, so a 1/32 thick should taper to almost nothing ideally) so when you wrap them they dont get a “bump” in the roll.

Steam the veneer, I like to just wrap them in wet paper towel and throw them in the microwave for 5 seconds.

Wrap them around your “mandrel” or whatever shape you choose, tape or rubber band or even velcro band them to allow them to dry. This training of the veneer is necessary so that it doesnt not crack when you go to glue it, but you must allow it to dry fully before gluing (you could cheat a bit more and throw it in the microwave again if your former isnt metal to dry it quick)

Once its dry, unroll it carefully and start spreading your glue, this can be a bit of a workout of the fingers to keep it tight and wrap it and glue it but you’ll find a good method.

Once again tape, tie, or velcro the band tight and let it dry. Then sand, polish, finish, however you choose. For a while I was doing clear polycrylic, being concerned of allergic reaction to other finishes, but it does not wear away handsomely and does indeed wear away, my next attempt if I ever have time would be to shellac.

Anyway, goodluck.

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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