tapered lamination....then I told it to get bent

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04-01-2011 01:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shaping plane planer walnut question

My next project is a tapered bent lamination bookshelf, I first heard of and became interested in trying the process from reading Tage Frid’s woodworking book series. though he only discusses the concept of tapering outwardly as opposed to inwardly which is the direction I’m going in.

Has anyone here been through this process and/or have worked with wider pieces 6”-10” stock.
My project is 10” wide, 4 ply walnut with two integral mortise and tenon book ends that will be applied to the laminate after.

I’ve used a planer sled that I made and gotten decent results though my stock was thinner than I had allotted for and this caused me to fair the transition where I couldn’t plane the entire piece, with a hand plane to get a smooth glue joint. the glue will be with cauls and clamps instead of a vacuum bag because I lack the equipment.

If anyone could share some insight into what I’m getting into it would help to greatly tighten the learning curve and also help avoid any mistakes I’m not prepared for.
Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 01:50 AM


Go to and search an article by Michael Fortune on tapered bent lamination. Sounds exactly like what you want and he is the Eric Clapton of wood.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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