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Forum topic by zindel posted 05-20-2011 04:15 PM 1110 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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zindel

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05-20-2011 04:15 PM

Okay so i am just trying to expand my knowledge here…not planning anything yet but i saw this project awhile back and started wondering how I could make that…
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/16754
I saw that he has only 1 project post so i don’t think sending him an IM would help so i just wanted to know how everyone would go about making that curved railing at the top and bottom…i think wiggle board? but i could be wrong.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.


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#1 posted 05-20-2011 04:30 PM

It appears that he laid up the solid tops and bottoms and used an elliptical jig (seen in one of the pictures, leaning on the wall) to cut it. Probably used a router.
The size of the ellipse is large enough that I doubt he’d need wiggle board for the flat piece between the solid tops and bottoms. It would be less of a hassle to us it, though. But, a build up of several 1/8 pieces would probably work.
Looking at his ellipse jig picture, I think he’s making a template for the post holes.
As an aside, I hope he used a non-toxic finish!!!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 04:47 PM

Yeah i would hope so too…yeah i got how he did the cut outs with the jig it was the middle that stumped me a bit…you think the wood would bend that far around those smaller curves enough? What type of wood you think it is to bend that much, i would think plywood would snap at that point.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#3 posted 05-20-2011 09:04 PM

I would think that 1/8th Baltic birch would bend easy enough and wouldn’t crack. You’d need several layers, though. Too bad he didn’t include pics of his bending jig.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 05-20-2011 09:16 PM

zindel—I would send him a PM. Just because he hasn’t posted a lot of projects doesn’t men he doesn’t check in here.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 08:33 PM

zindel, It would probably depend on the size of the curves you’re trying to achieve as to which type wood to use for the flat sufaces between the top and bottom oliptical plates. I like using the bendable plywood myself, simply because you don’t have to laminate so many layers. The only problem with bendable plywood is you usually have to veneer the exposed surface to acheive the look you want. If you’re going to paint it or use a really dark stain like he did, then you may be able to use a filler to fill all the voids in the bendable plywood. As you can see from my avator, I like working with the bendable plywood. Good luck with your curved projects, hope to see some pictures in the future.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 08:44 PM

There’s a longstanding joke with all woodworkers when asked this type question . You wet it. :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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