Problems with bentwood ring/gaps between veneer

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06-06-2014 03:12 PM

Hi all, first post here but been lurking for a while.

I’ve been getting into making bentwood rings but keep coming up against a few persistent problems. After I’ve wound the veneer around the form and glued it I keep finding small gaps between the layers; I’ve posted a picture below to illustrate what I mean.

Anyone got any ideas what I’m doing wrong or how I can fix this? I’m using ebony btw, which isn’t the easiest to work with.


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#1 posted 06-06-2014 03:36 PM

It may be due to the glue you use. A water based glue may swell your wood slightly as you set it in your clamps, only to leave said gaps when it dries as the wood can’t move as well when the glue gets sticky. A good friend of mine makes incredible bent wood products and uses only “Roo Glue” with consistent success, tho his products are much larger. Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 06-06-2014 03:52 PM

They’re not boiling down skippy’s feet are they?!

Interesting idea, didn’t even think of that. I’ve been using a water based glue because the superglue I have sometimes gives a weird shiny appearance along the seam but that seems an easier problem to overcome. I’ll give it a go!

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#3 posted 06-06-2014 10:00 PM

Sometimes that can be caused by using too much glue. Liquids can’t be compressed easily and excess glue will form pockets between layers only to later dry out, shrink and leave gaps.

Make sure you are able to “chase” the pressure from one end and around so that any excess glue will be forced out of the joint before final pressure is applied.

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