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How long should I leave a green yew stick clamped to a bench for straightening?

I have already gotten a lot of great info from some previous questions on here, but honestly speaking, I am trying to find a reliable answer for my ten year-old, son who (probably rightly) doubts my ...
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Bending wood and resin

I’m trying to figure out the best way to make this project. I have a project that I have already cut out on my CNC machine, but each end needs to be bent upwards about 15 degrees. I don’t have a press ...
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Is it possible to fix a distorted laminated chair leg? [bent-wood lamination]

I have an armchair that, according to the manufacturer, is made of moulded layer-glued wood veneer (IKEA Poang). After several years the chair is tipping to the left. As seen from the picture below, ...
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How to bend maple for window sill restoration

We're remodeling a bathroom in a house built in 1920 and we're trying to stay (mostly) true to the original design. The thing we love most about this house is the woodwork. It's simple but very ...
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Help a novice with warping pine wood boards

First of all, I am a complete beginner! I've recently bought a couple of wood boards(~50cm×50cm×2cm) to make a board game scenery. It needs to be completely straight so that it can be placed on a ...
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Pine vs Birch plywood bending

I'd like to make something like in this picture I'm thinking of using 1.2mm plywood doubled on each side. Is birch plywood (which seems to be quite a bit cheaper) any worse than pine? If you have any ...
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Straightening a green bent walking stick

I recent found an awesome stick while hiking with my family (in mid January) Since then I have removed all the bark and sanded it to make it look even more awesome(er) I even wrapped the top in ...
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How to make bent bed slats?

Most bed slats have a slight consistent upward bulging: I am wondering how can one achieve this bulging and make it so precise that each slat is bulged the same amount of degrees. I suppose that they ...
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What is the mimumum bend radius for 6 mm Medite Tricoya Extreme MDF?

What is the minimum radius that 6 mm Medite Tricoya Extreme MDF (an MDF for outdoor use) can be bent to? If possible I want to bend it to a radius of 2500 mm, without kerfing. It will be fixed with ...
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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 ...
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