Woodworking Information : How to Bend Wood to Make Furniture


Next I will be demonstrating how to bend wood.
This particular type of bend is called a bent lamination where you use multiple layers bent
around a form with glue in between, clamp down, when the glue dries, it retains its
shape. The first step is making your bending form. This particular bending form is made
out of three layers of three quarter inch MDF. First you cut your outside radius or
any shape that you want to bend to, then you cut an inside radius small enough to where
your clamps that you’ll be using can reach over your form and over your piece that you
will be bending, clamping it down firmly. The first step after building your bending
form is to now rip your strips. When ripping strips, you need to be aware that your strips
can be pulled down into your table saw through your throat plate. Replace your throat plate
with a zero clearance throat plate. Now it’s time to rip the strips. The first step of
ripping strips is to set the gage on the rip fence to the closest one eighth of an inch
mark that cuts the least amount of material off your wood as possible. Once again, the
first step is to set the rip fence gage to the closest one eighth of an inch increment
that cuts the least amount off your wood. Now we’ll make that pass shaving off the edge
of the board. We will be creating one eighth of an inch strips. The way you do this is
moving the rip fence gage one quarter of an inch each time. What that allows for, it allows
for the one eighth of an inch thickness of the saw blade plus gives you the one eighth
of an inch strip being sawed off the outside, which is the most safest and efficient way.
This process gives you nice, bendable, one eighth of an inch strips that if you follow
the method, it will give you each one will be very consistent. Repeat this method until
you have as many strips as you need. The next part of this process is the glue up. You need
to make sure that you have all your things right around you because you only have a limited
amount of time to do a glue up like this because of how many glue seams you have. I’ve got
a roller for applying glue to the strips, all my clamps, and my bending form right here
where I need them. Now you need to take your roller, applying glue in the tray, roll glue
onto your strips. All you have to do is roll it onto the first one, have your stack in
front of you, roll a light amount of glue onto each strip flipping them onto each other
and continue this process until you’ve covered each strip with glue and have them evenly
stacked. Next after the glue up is clamping all of your strips to your form. Whenever
possible, it’s best to use a pad. In this case you’re using small scraps of MDF to act
as a buffer between the clamp and your first strip. The reason for doing this is the amount
of pressure that the clamps can create can make marks or dent your wood, and then sometimes
if there’s any glue on the surfaces, it can react with the steel leaving dark marks on
your wood. First is find the center of the strips, place it on your form and get your
first clamp in place. Once you’ve done this, lay down, lay the form down along with the
clamp and your strips down flat. Repeat this process until you’ve reached both ends of
your strips. Bent laminations need to dry for approximately eight hours. Once enough
time has passed, you want to un-clamp your form. If everything went right, you should
get a nice, consistent curve, the shape of your form.

100 Replies to “Woodworking Information : How to Bend Wood to Make Furniture”

  1. I don't understand how you didn't just use a bag press to bend the wood as it's much simpler, fast and more efficient than clamping each piece of the wood and having to wait 8 hrs for it to keep its positioning

  2. hint…make your form a slightly tighter radius then the actual curve you want…even the best glue ups "bounce" back a bit….the tighter the radius the more you need to over bend….On a stair case i do at least an 1/8 inch per step over bend and again the tighter the radius the more you over bend.Different woods bounce back more or less too.

  3. why wouldn't you just set the rip fence 18 from the blade? then you can keep feeding through without moving the fence everytime

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