I saw this circular bookcase, which looked awesome. I think they used wood planks. I don't know the width but I would like to try and build one of these. Does anyone know how to soften wood to bend it?? and then is there any other kind of preparation I have to do to keep it in a bent shape ?? besides nailing it ??. Thank you for any suggestions!
Nov 12, 2012, 01:12 PM
we saw several techniques on WoodWorks over several shows.
easiest is to cut your wood in thin strips, steam-bend it to approximate shape, and then laminate the strips over a form using a vacuum bag clamp system. other times just steaming the wood and forming it was done.
this is the technique used in making cedar strip canoes, the steam, bend, and block.
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Nov 12, 2012, 10:53 PM
Thank you for your response. I will try that..thin strips and steaming them and then clamping them into shape..good idea! Thanks!
Nov 13, 2012, 08:28 PM
dont forget to make male / female forms to clamp the strips into the curve you want, otherwise each one may differ from another. also, the species of wood will make a difference. some bend easy , others impossible. Straight grain red oak is a good choice, pine sucksThis message has been edited. Last edited by: nona,
Nov 17, 2012, 04:36 PM
Thank you for the information you gave me. That totally makes sense and red oak would be beautiful. I am now in the designing stage of this but so glad to know about the Male/Female ends..Thank you so much!
Nov 17, 2012, 05:54 PM
male an female ends are also referred to as goesinta and goesonta
Nov 17, 2012, 08:41 PM
you know that there is such a thing as bendable plywood, I forgot who carrys it, but a search should point you in the right direction
Nov 18, 2012, 12:58 AM
Nov 18, 2012, 05:50 PM
Nona, No I didn't know. I will start looking for it, that would certaintly make it all easier. Thank you again for the info.
Jan 15, 2013, 06:53 AM
Just wondering how the project is going? Please share photos and how the bending process worked out. Thanks, CR
Jan 29, 2013, 01:53 AM
How do you bend wood ?
For projects where lamination is objectionable, or when the wood is to be bent in compound curves, a steam box is the answer. One can be made fairly economically from PVC pipe, but it needs to be supported to keep the pipe from deforming.
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