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2x4 project #4: behind the scenes

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Blog entry by scottb posted 2368 days ago 1035 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday a.m., I made my bending jig:

MDF, 2 pieces thick, repurposed from my “zero clearance” top to my tablesaw, with several kerfs cut out of the middle. This is what gave my bandsaw some problems – being grabby.

Between sawing, liberating it from the bandsaw, (trying to assemble my heretofore unused jig saw attachment for my shopsmith – and discovered I didn’t get any blades with), more sawing, and finally sanding. I spent about as much time on the jig, as I did ripping my strips, twice, and steaming them.

Again, thinking I only needed to steam the middle to get the bend I was going for, I figured a few inches overhang would be fine. 24” strips on my 12” skillet, sealed up like jiffy pop. They certainly got hot enough… but as Ryan later pointed out, soft wood just isn’t supposed to bend. A fact I was blissfully ignorant to, and like him, still eager to prove wrong (as Ryan already has!) – next attempt, some old, non kiln dried lumber (after a good long soak)... which unfortunately leaves this contest entry out of the question.

This morning I found my strips – all the broken ones, which were still nice looking lumber, maintained a slight bend to them. Which I can’t show you, as they are keeping me warm and toasty as i type this….

While time wasn’t on my side, I had a lot of faith in my idea. I was just ignorant of the physics involved in bending (or rather the resiliency) of pine.

Unless I get a brainstorm in the coming hours, I’m out. Best of luck to you and your boxes and former 2×4s. And good luck choosing your top five. Not an easy task!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2368 days ago

Scott, Sacrilege. Making firewood out of lumber- the horror. I am sure that your stress levels were through the roof on this one. If making firewood out of the pieces lowered your blood pressure then the project served a useful purpose. I am a firm believer that we learn more from our miscues than we do from our successes.

I wish you could have completed the project but just participation in the event is rewarding itself.

Good luck on future projects.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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darryl

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#2 posted 2368 days ago

you never know if you don’t first try.
now get back up on that horse and make it happen!

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scottb

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#3 posted 2368 days ago

yep learned quite a bit… about that horse though. I’ll tame it, but do you think she can be tamed (start to finish) in six or seven hours?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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RobS

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#4 posted 2368 days ago

Darn! Foiled again…..Well good try and once again you improved your knowledge base.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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scottb

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#5 posted 2368 days ago

Not again, Rob. Still. I’m just continuing on yesterday.

Yesterday was really productive apart from my (literal) steaming. Just getting the pictures out there. NPDH ya know.

The rest of the day was great, productivity wise. Today was also a good shop day. But it was a good day FOR the shop, not a good day IN the shop. I’m taking lights and power run where I need it, but that’s another blog.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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RobS

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#6 posted 2368 days ago

I know, it sounded better that way though… Darn! Foiled.. Just didn’t have it..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Karson

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#7 posted 2368 days ago

Sorrry Scott. But I didn’t even try. Just too busy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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rikkor

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#8 posted 2368 days ago

Yeah, bending 2×4 material. I tried it, too. Didn’t happen.

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 2368 days ago

bummer….

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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