Laminated Springback

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Project by John Ormsby posted 03-25-2008 04:26 AM 3770 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some examples of the results using Unibond 800 for laminating curves. The piece comes out of the form almost exact. Using special bending ply is also essentia. The same results can be achieved if using very thin pieces of solid wood. John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 04:41 AM

Thanks for the post, John.

It sure beats fabricating a plywood form each time you want to do this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 05:00 AM

Very cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 05:10 AM


Your work is excellent.

If it is not a trade secret could you put up a picture of the underside of your form? I am wondering if you are using closely spaced ribs or have an inflatable bladder under the form?

-- Wuddoc

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 06:50 AM

The form is solid and what you are seeing is an 1/8” piece of ply glued to the top of the form to complete it. That way the form is perfectly flat and true. The pieces are later trued up on the table saw. I made this so it could be used on later projects. The inside of the curve is a 3 1/4” radius, which makes the finished pieces 4” radius on the outside.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 11:41 AM

Interesting post – thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 02:49 PM

Hi John,

Great work. Nice form work.

I’m wondering why you didn’t buy these pieces from your commercial supplier?

Was the radius not available?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 03:56 PM

Hi Lee,

I couldn’t find these from any supplier so I did them myself. They are 42” long.
These are 3/4” thick with a 3 1/4” inside radius.

Do you have a particular supplier in mind who might have these?


-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 01:33 AM

Nothing like a different approach, great idea.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 03-26-2008 10:18 AM

Did you make your vacuum press or buy it somewhere? Nice work.

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#10 posted 03-27-2008 04:01 AM

I bought a Vac-U-Clamp Mark X It is a 10 cfm gast rotary vane pump and works great. Vac-U-Press makes a great pump also. They are in maine and are very knowledgeable. They bouth sell a nice variety of vacuum pressing supplies and tools.


-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#11 posted 02-27-2010 05:14 PM

Just came across this post, great work. I’m looking for a vacuum system, so thanks for the information.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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