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Forum topic by Oak Designs posted 02-27-2010 07:08 PM 1096 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Oak Designs

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02-27-2010 07:08 PM

Hi there,

Its a friends wedding soon and I have decided to try and make a snowboard photoframe for them.
Only problem is… I dont know which wood to use, and how to bend the ends up slightly.
I dont want to paint the finished product, so would like to use an attractive wood that can be sanded down and polished.

a bit like the one shown at the bottom of this page…

any help would be much appreciated!

Many thanks,


-- Ben Bull, Oak Designs -

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John Gray

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 07:18 PM

I’d think you could use 2 thin sheets of bendable plywood, they are “segmented on the back side from what i’ve seen” and glue the segmented sides together while in a simple jig made to hold them in the shape you desire and then use wood putty to fill in the edges before you paint it.

Tons of info. about the plywood here.

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 07:47 PM

just maybe an odd thought but rather then trying to bend it what about using a thicker board and cutting out the bends?

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 11:57 PM

How about quartersawn oak and steam bend it??

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 12:12 AM

I’ve done a bit of steam bending. I’ve bent white oak, cherry and a few exotics. Typically the harder the wood and tighter the graiin the less likely you are to get it to bend or hold it’s shape. I suggest the bendable plywood and lamination technique that John suggested (I have seen bendable ply that didn’t have the kerf marks on it, just an FYI) and get a nice veneer for the front. Easiest way I can think to get the best results.

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