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What is the mimumum bend radius for 6 mm MDF?

What is the minimum radius that 6 mm MDF can be bent to? If possible I want to bend it to a radius of 2500 mm, without kerfing. It will be fixed with screws over the whole surface, so it doesn't ...
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Bending wood using heat alone, what temp does it need to get to?

I just saw a YouTube video where a guy was easily bending cedar strips for his canoe with a heat gun. The temperature of a heat gun is very hot (over 1000 degrees) but how hot does the wood itself ...
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How to prevent desktop from bowing?

So, this is usually a problem for particleboard shelves, which bow under the weight of books. But my question is actually about the desk, which I built myself: It's a small desk (36x20inch), its top ...
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Can you effectively correct a warped board finished with polyurethane (or other waterproofing)?

Heat and moisture tend to be the go-to's for effectively bending wood. Because of the finish, not much, if any moisture will be able to penetrate the wood. Can heat alone, or just a solid rig that ...
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How to fix a crack when bending a veneer

I’m trying to Re-veneer a part of my cars console and the piece has a bend of about 80 degrees. I’ve glued the veneer down with contact adhesive, but around the bend it has developed a crack. Is there ...
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Best wood species for extreme bends?

Old cars use a mix of metal chassis, wooden frame, and steel/alumin*m sheet nailed/screwed over the frame. Most of the timber is straight, but a few parts have substantial bends. I am trying to ...
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Is it possible straighten (unbend) a piece of coconut shell. Steaming it or heating it?

Is it be possible straighten a piece of coconut shell using similar techniques to bend wood? I know it's not wood but I just can imagine cutting the coconut shell in many tiles and later straighten ...
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Bending Wood: is it easier to bend fast or slow growing ash

I want to bend ash for the stem of a canoe. I am trying to select straight grained quarter-sawn pieces. Should I select pieces which have faster or slower growing wood?
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Recommendations for a 3’ diameter wooden pipe?

total amateur here. I’m trying to figure out some options for building, essentially, a pipe with these attributes: 3-inch walls (can be hollow) inner diameter of about 3 feet length of this tube/pipe/...
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Minimum bend radius for hardboard

I'm designing a pirate treasure chest out of stained/varnished softwood. All the best pirates have brass-bound treasure chests, and I'll be using brass fittings, reclaimed decorative ones if possible....
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prevent wood bending when glue is applied

I'm trying to make floor tiles which should look similar to attached picture. I sliced a wood about 6mm thick and wanted to glue them to the mdf base. However when I put PVA glue on a wood slices, ...
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Will gluing thin planks to cut out curved chair leg be strong?

I'm making an armchair for a child. I want the back leg to be straight-vertical at the seat level but kick back down the floor, and lean back at the, erm, back. Much like every other rear chair leg in ...
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How can I straighten a 2' long wooden stick

I am trying to make a bunch of Escrima Sticks (for Filipino Martial Arts), but I can't find enough straight wood. What should I do? I don't want to spend money.
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How can I bend plywood?

How does one bend plywood as shown in this photo? Image from grovemade.com
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How do you straighten/bend wood planks without removing any material?

I have some 6' long 2"x12" planks of douglas fir that dried into a twist, I need to straighten it out but I don't want to plane this any thinner. So basically I'm trying to bend the board back into ...
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Is green or steamed wood better for bending?

Ignoring time & space issues, focusing only on the strength & durability of the wood after the bend has set, what is going to give better results? We know from the answers at Other than speed ...