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pariswoodworking

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06-03-2012 01:42 AM

What’s the best way to make a curved box lid? I have a customer that’s wanting a box with one, and I have no idea how to do it. It’s not a sharp curve, only a slight one. I’m using solid (3/4”-1/2” thick) aromatic cedar, so would some kind of steam bending work? How else could I do this?

Thanks in advance.

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 05:23 AM

Coopered. It is how they made barrels. You rip wood into strips, bevel the edges and glue up the lid and smooth it. The number of pieces depends on how much you want to maintain the thickness. More pieces is a closer approximation of the curve. Less pieces is more faceted.

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 12:59 PM

http://www.woodsmithshop.com/episodes/season5/502/

This is 1 piece.

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pariswoodworking

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#3 posted 06-06-2012 06:11 PM

Thanks for the help guys, I’m going to try a few things and see How they work for this. I’d like to keep the board solid if possible, but if not that’s fine too. I’m going to look more into the design and go from there.

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#4 posted 06-06-2012 06:20 PM

i don’t know that cedar bends too well
it is very delicate wood
and often has checks and cracks
that go unseen
till you put the finish on
faceting is the way i would go

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 06:22 AM

There is a pictorial step-by-step on my website: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/Cooperingaboxlid.html

Here is a variation of that method ..

Regards from Perth

Derek

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