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Can I steam-bend a piece of wood with a free-floating end?

One way to combat this is to glue multiple layers that have been steamed over a form. Essentially, you'll be making a custom piece of curved plywood. The internal stresses will keep the workpiece from ...
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Creating a hollow, seamless box; CNC needed?

How seamless does this need to be? Cuts along the wood's grain can often be glued back together almost undetectably, if you're careful. Bent lamination could be done, but the connection to face and ...
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Steaming and laminating for basket/carrier handle

Your plan is reasonable. I have made many components for baskets by steam bending relatively thin slats, then glue laminating them together to get thicker, curved and very stiff pieces. I would ...
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How to build an effective steam box?

I built a much smaller plywood steam box a while back using that same Karcher unit. I used it to bend oak, ash, pine and small branches, mostly very well, after steaming them for about 20 minutes ...
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Steambending Softwoods

According to the US Forest Products Laboratory in this 1957 Publication softwoods do not in general work as well as hardwoods in bending applications. Indeed, USFPL cites yew and Alaskan yellow cedar ...
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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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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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Steaming and laminating for basket/carrier handle

Following the ideas from @Walnut Close and others, I made a sled for my jointer, made three slices of ash, each arond 3-4 mm (1/8") and set up a jig using some water safe plywood I had sitting in ...
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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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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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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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How do I fix this part of my desk?

A bit of this depends on how the drawer body is built, but I'd think about reducing the height of the back of the drawer to whatever the available space is... The downside is that the front might tilt ...
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Remove twist from plank without reducing thickness

I did a bunch of research but I can't say that you can. Usually with a twisted board you can only joint it flat or cut out what would be useful. I found a question very related to what you asked. The ...
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