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04-04-2017 08:09 PM

A client is wanting this made, and to be honest I’m not sure how to bend th wood and everything. any recommendations?

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#1 posted 04-04-2017 08:40 PM

I think a bend that gentle in pine can be done
by sluicing boiling water on the board and
bending. You’ll probably want to use a
come-along or something like that.

Easier way to do it is get a 4×8 sheet of 3/8”
bending ply and laminate.

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 08:47 PM

What is bending ply?

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 08:54 PM

Plywood of any kind should bend up to 1/2 inch? Possibliy a couple of 1/4” pieces glued together while bending?

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#4 posted 04-04-2017 08:57 PM

Use the boiling water technique to bend make dados straight and a little bigger graduated on up so they will pinch the shelves tight and not crack them. Kerf saw th bow part with a Japanese saw or a wide bach saw. I agree you will need a comealong.

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#5 posted 04-04-2017 09:07 PM

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#6 posted 04-04-2017 09:20 PM

I would cut the back first then screw all of the shelves to it.
Then I would use a couple of layers of thin wood (your choice) and screw them to your shelves and back working from the bottom to the top.
Then I would make a Face Frame for the front

If it were me, and I was painting it, I would probably use 2 layers of 3/8” mdf for the sides. But you could use anything you want as long as it will bend.

I would pass on trying to use solid wood and soaking it.

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#7 posted 04-05-2017 01:04 AM

My FIL built several and he’s not much of a woodworker so it can’t be too hard. I would go with a couple or three layers of 1/8 ply.


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#8 posted 04-05-2017 01:22 AM

Yeah. Layers of thinner ply glued & attached one at a time would probably be the easiest.

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