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Forum topic by Rookie702 posted 04-08-2012 08:04 PM 1149 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2012 08:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router scroll saw

How would u suggest i go about making a couple of these handles?

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 08:40 PM

What material are you using? Your title suggests that it’s solid stock.

That should be a dense or interlocking-grain wood, like maple or mahogany. On a piece like that you’ll have grain runout, meaning an area where there is cross grain and therefore usually weak.

These could also be steam bent (an interesting exercise) or bent lamination (less pre-work but more post-work).

I’m not sure I’ve been any help!



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 08:43 PM

Even though those are laminations, it looks like they used steam bending. Then they probably rounded with router and sand paper.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 09:00 PM

Bending is what I thought as well so I built a steam box the other night, and now was curios if there was a differnt way. Looks like they laminated some strips then bent or other way around maybe.

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 09:19 PM

When I was young, probably 12 or 13, an old guy that lived near us made canes for the guys at the old sailors home… (Anyone remember those?).
This guy was about 14 years older than dirt and at 12 years old I outweighed him by at least 50 lbs. He was so skinny he could hide behind a steel fence post.

Anyway, to digress back to the subject, I spent some time at his place working with his horses. One day while I wasn’t doing anything I watched him start making some laminations.
He would steam bend each layer to approximate shape first, then re-steam the pieces and put them in his form and wedge it down.
He said if he was doing normal laminations like plywood he could do it all at once, but since he was doing them on edge, he had to do them like that.

I always thought there had to be an easier way.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 01:52 AM

These don’t look steam bent at all. It looks like they are just cut out of plywood. If you are going to use laminations anyway, I suggest getting some quality plywood and cutting them out with a jigsaw or bandsaw and rounding over the edges.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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