Going 'round the bend

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Project by KnickKnack posted 01-03-2009 07:25 PM 3124 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m new to this woodworking thing, so I’m trying lots of different things (except joints), in the hope I can find something I’m actually good at.
So I’ve had a go at bending some wood.
Cut a beech offcut left over from the outdoor bench into thin(ish) strips (table saw would have been useful – where’s Father Christmas when you need him?).
First attempt I soaked overnight in the bath before bending around a big glass bowl thing we have, but there were too many gaps so that’s become scrap. I don’t think it was the wetness – rather not clamping carefully enough.
Next attempt I did without the water, with more glue, more careful clamping and that was better. It’s 3 strips together and the problem was laminating the cable in between. The “base” bit is half the size and went, well, err, perfectly – you really can’t tell it was 3 strips glued together, even up close and personal.
I’m not happy about the cable coming out the front like that, and now I need to build a lampshade that goes.
I decided against attempting to put a secret compartment in this piece.
(PS before you ask – the table it’s on is an old heirloom – I didn’t make it, but if you’ve seen my previous projects you could probably tell that!)

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 01-03-2009 08:30 PM

this is really cool!!! very cool indeed.
thanks for the “didn’t work well” tips as well

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 01-03-2009 08:56 PM

With imagination like this, you’ll make a fantastic woodworker.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-03-2009 09:07 PM

Thanks for posting this. I have added to my favorites. I think this is something that I’d like to try for a birthday gift for my son. Neat idea.

-- Gary D.

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 12:17 AM

Hey, I really like it..Nice design

-- Jeremy, North Dakota

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#5 posted 01-04-2009 06:11 AM

I love it. Now that’s a work of art. Good luck on a lampshade idea.

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#6 posted 09-13-2009 07:06 PM

Unique design well done


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#7 posted 11-20-2009 09:43 PM

Looks very good to me!

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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