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Bending wood and resin

Can I do it the same way with all the pieces attached, or do I have to bend the wood first then try and put on the carbon fiber and resin? The latter. If you try to apply carbon fiber and resin ...
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How do you straighten/bend wood planks without removing any material?

I have tried to straighten a wood screen door with steam with very little improvement. I then forceably bent it well past straight, 1 1/2 inches in center of the 7 foot span. Then saturated it with ...
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Best wood species for extreme bends?

I suspect oak, ash, or some type of cedar. I believe it will always have been ash. European ash, Fraxinus excelsior, is one of the traditional coachbuilders' woods, valued for its strength and ...
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Best wood species for extreme bends?

You can bend most woods, some easier than others, but even the easier ones to work with can fail. Oak is one of the more common wood to use when bending so I would recommend that. I would strongly ...
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How to make bent bed slats?

This can be done by using multiple thin pieces of wood, glued together between each layer and being clamped to a jig/template. The other way is to steam and again clamp to a jig/template. The jig will ...
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How long should I leave a green yew stick clamped to a bench for straightening?

How long should I leave a green yew stick clamped to a bench for straightening? Don't. That's not how to dry wood. Makers of walking sticks and hiking poles, who harvest saplings and branches from ...
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Straightening a green bent walking stick

How long should I leave the wood clamped straight so that it wont bounce back right away (and finally fix my big crack of a mistake)? If the wood is green, then you may be able to straighten it by ...
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Minimum bend radius for hardboard

I finally got the time to try this out today. Dry was hopeless, but damp worked well (as suggested by descriptions like this one). I cut a couple of strips of the size I intend to use (22 mm ...
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Will gluing thin planks to cut out curved chair leg be strong?

Thanks for the drawing, I wouldn't have understood what you were hoping to do without it. It's too thick to bend. (Isn't it? I've never tried steam bending before but remember I'm a homegamer) It'...
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Is it possible to fix a distorted laminated chair leg? [bent-wood lamination]

Changing the shape of the leg should be possible because the bend you require is not extreme. Because of the glue joints a larger bend may be impossible, but a small change in radius is not hard. Do ...
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How to bend maple for window sill restoration

Like in the comments, to me that isn't the original intention, but years of aging. wood bends and cups and twists. You have gravity you have paint on one side, but the bottom not so much, so ...
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How to make bent bed slats?

A couple of months ago, Workshop Therapy posted an awesome Youtube showing step by step how he made his own sprung (bowed) bed slats, where he: a) designed a template for the bow slats* b) made the ...
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How to make bent bed slats?

Well Ikea's bed slats are made by gluing, as you say: https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/luroey-slatted-bed-base-60160217/ Materials: Layer glued slats: Beech veneer, Birch veneer, Adhesive resin as ...
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Help a novice with warping pine wood boards

What you're describing is a medium sized solid wood panel that is likely to be "cupping". This is a phenomenon that happens with solid wood boards/panels so the most practical solution for ...
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Will gluing thin planks to cut out curved chair leg be strong?

That's a pretty substantial bend. Steambending is probably not an option, especially if the wood has been kiln dried. Doing a glue-up is theoretically strong enough, but a lot depends on stock ...
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prevent wood bending when glue is applied

With thicker blocks you could use PVA but don't, it's the wrong sort of adhesive for the application*. Whatever glue you pick must be completely waterproof — these are fairly thin end-grain blocks you'...
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How to prevent desktop from bowing?

The asked question: The Sagulator is the generally accepted reference for determining if shelves are going to be strong enough to support the expected load over the desired span. Your table is ...
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Can you effectively correct a warped board finished with polyurethane (or other waterproofing)?

"Effectively"? No. Theoretically it is possible to bend a piece of wood that has finish on it. However I seriously doubt that the finish would come through the process in an acceptable state. ...
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How to fix a crack when bending a veneer

I reached out to a friend-of-a-friend who does parquetry. He suggested applying heat with an iron to try smoothen the ends out. It was relatively successful in that the crack is no longer sticking up, ...
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Bending Wood: is it easier to bend fast or slow growing ash

What is ‘best’? Straightness and freedom from knots have already been mentioned. Equally, if not more important is the speed of growth of the wood. The faster it is grown, the greater the proportion ...
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Recommendations for a 3’ diameter wooden pipe?

I think the best way would be to make multiple of those "donuts" out of a thicker plywood, and use them as bulkheads down the length of the pipe. Run stringers to link them together, then bend a ...
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Recommendations for a 3’ diameter wooden pipe?

Flexible plywood can be used for this. It typically has a bend radius of about 12", so your 3' diameter should be fine. Do note that flexible plywood is usually pretty thin, so to get the 3" wall ...
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Minimum bend radius for hardboard

I don't think you will have a problem bending 3mm hardboard especially in the narrow binding strips. You will have better luck bending dry than wet as wet the board will swell and come apart. If you ...
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How do you straighten/bend wood planks without removing any material?

I came across this question in search results, and I thought I'd give a little summary of possible solutions for this so that future visitors can benefit from it. If you don't want to remove any ...
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How do you straighten/bend wood planks without removing any material?

Little late but...I tought about how you straighten a door, using wood block on the 'to in' corner and close the door for a 36h, door is most time corrected. So, I put wood blocks under the two lowest ...
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