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Forum topic by TiggerWood posted 01-15-2014 06:53 PM 625 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2014 06:53 PM

Hi everyone. I make miniature mechanized pieces and have a problem. I need to make a springboard that is about a quarter inch long, 1/16 inch thick. Is there a way to make a small piece of wood flexible without breaking? It will need to bend about 30 degrees. The wood that I am working with at the moment is pine, cedar, oak, and walnut. Maybe there is a glue or finish that will accomplish this?

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 06:59 PM

Oak is your best of what you have , although ash would be best if you can get it.

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 07:28 PM

madts, I agree with the ash. As for the oak I normally would agree but, this stuff reacts like it has been rotted out or something. It’s fresh oak, looks great, and is easy to work with but brittle as ever.

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#3 posted 01-15-2014 09:14 PM

Yew (Taxus Baccata) was traditionally used to make bows; Hazel is another flexible wood (and Ash as already stated).

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