|Forum topic by Keith Kelly||posted 11-18-2015 01:41 AM||672 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
11-18-2015 01:41 AM
I saw my brother-in-law looking at some $60/each Maple Lazy Susans at Lowe’s, and I intercepted the project as a challenge since it would incorporate a few things that I haven’t done before. Naturally, I’m already deep into the project and apparently haven’t thought things through :)
Current challenge: to create a border/lip.
Plan: 18” 3/4 Maple plywood circle, with a 1” tall band around it made from Hard Maple (maybe 3/16 to 1/4” thick)
Problem: I’ve apparently never bent kiln dried Hard Maple before. OK, ok, I’ve never bent wood before, regardless of wood, regardless of method (except for the method of improper drying which seemed to be an effective means)
I bought a steam generator and built a tube, but a real woodworker friend advised me that steam bending Hard Maple, even the thin slices, will likely not work well, since the lignin has been set as part of the KDing process. His recommendation was a bent lamination of 3/32” strips made on the Performax.
My brother-in-law said that Maple is desirable, but a Walnut band is next choice. I’m continuing in the Maple direction for the challenge. But, I do have a stack of air-dried Walnut taunting me.
I made a test piece @ 1/16” and might be able to go 3/32” but I’m realizing this is going to be quite a pain. (however, I realized my test piece at 1/16” is quarter sawn, so switching direction of grain should help with flexibility)
What do you guys think? How would you do it?
How would you form a 1” tall x 1/4” thick band of Maple around a 18” diameter circle of 3/4 plywood?
-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com