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Forum topic by tdogzthmn posted 03-17-2009 06:02 AM 596 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2009 06:02 AM

I am a product design student at SFSU and I am trying to design a shelf with curves in it. My teacher suggested I research different bending methods and I wanted to know what would be a simple and cheap method. I have some orthographics I can attach to give a better idea of the project.


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#1 posted 03-17-2009 05:01 PM

Depending on what types of tools and equipment is available and the material you plan to bend, will help you decide the way to go.

If the material is wood, IMO the least expensive way to go would be to resaw/plane the thicker shelf material into thinner sheets so that you have enough thin sheets to produce the desired shelf thickness. Next create a bending form the width and length of the finished shelf. The form must have the shape of the bend. The thin sheets can be glued together and bent to the shape of the form and clamped into place until they dry.

If you want more complete information, PM me. Other folks here do this all the time and they may have additional ideas and suggestions.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 05:08 PM

I’m just completing a crib and a changing table and both have a curved top crest on the back. I resawed maple to 1/4 inch and laminated three pieces to form the curved piece. I made a bending form from three layers of 3/4 particleboard cut to the shape of the crest. The 1/4 inch pieces were glued together and clamped to the form—a lot of clamps. I let each piece clamped to the form for about 12 hours to give the glue plenty of time to set up.

You can see one of the pieces on my projects page This is probably one of the easiest bends to do. I’m sure others will post on the subject, and Google will give you plenty to study.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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