|Forum topic by andr3w1sh||posted 09-06-2015 06:16 PM||852 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
09-06-2015 06:16 PM
Hey guys! This is my first post and I’m super excited!
I’m planning on taking on a new woodworking project as part of another larger project, and I could use some help/input as it gets into some uncharted waters as far as my woodworking experience goes.
The plan: recreating a mid-14th century Germanic heater shield.
The details: basswood planks were used, butted together with glue and covered with canvas and leather. The finished dimensions of the shield should be 48cm wide by 58cm tall and 12-15mm thick. This converts to just under 19” wide by just under 23” tall and an average 1/2” thick.
My local Woodcraft store carries basswood planks in 4” by 24” by 1/4”, so what I’m thinking is making two panels and laminating them into a curve using a shield press. Check out the image for a little more clarity, and check out this link for more info about the shield press. Plywood is not historically accurate, but laminating to meet thickness is.
The alternative would be to either find planks in 1/2” or laminate the individual planks to make them 1/2”. Either of these would require me to shave the sides of the planks to an angle to get the curve in the shield once they’re butted together, and then sanding (a lot) to smooth the curve. I’d prefer to use the laminate/press way to achieve the smooth curve and a bit of added strength.
So I’m asking you, the experts, if what I’m planning is possible. Any advice or input you can give me on this will be greatly appreciated. Please and thank you.