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#1 posted 01-17-2013 07:15 AM

Hello! I’m new here but have some suggestions you might find useful.
I’ve been making bentwood rings for quite a while and don’t mind sharing all the things I’ve learned along the way.

- The thinner the veneer, the less likely it will split. For the more difficult woods, soak and cook them longer. Sometimes upwards of 45mins. Also sand the veneer strip smooth before soaking.
- wrap slooooowly. Start with bigger bends and work up to tighter bends.
- Coat the mandrel with a little Vaseline or oil, then wrap the strip until it just barely overlaps. Use a dab of medium CA to adhere the strip just where they start to overlap. Careful not to put glue all the way at the edge or else you might glue the wood to the mandrel.
-then it’s just a matter of tiny bends and gluing. Don’t try to push it and do too much at once.
-if you can’t even get it to form one wrap, start with a bigger mandrel like a cup and let dry. then cook/soak while still strapped to the mandrel (so it doesn’t uncoil), and repeat with a slightly smaller mandrel until you have the size you need.
-it helps to wrap and glue while still damp, but any moisture will turn CA white, so it takes practice to get it right. You want glue to the edge as far as possible without the white showing.
-to avoid cloudy CA outer finish, use several coats of thin (1-3sec) CA instead of one coat of medium. The accelerator spray also helps quite a bit. If you have bumps in the finish, sand them down with 600 grit. Then use micromesh 1500-12,000 to polish to a high gloss.

Good luck!

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