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Forum topic by Dmitriy_S posted 11-12-2018 03:19 AM 379 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2018 03:19 AM

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Hello everybody. I’m very new to woodworking. I want to finish arch similar to the picture “arch_example” attached. My arch is 24 1/2 inch wide with 14 inch radius. Depth of the arch is 7 inch. I decide before I use real walnut, I’ll do a test run with plywood. I got 5mm plywood from HD and cut it to 7 inch strips. I decided to do a “bent lamination” for this strips. Once I removed clumps, I found that I didn’t know about spring back. My plywood arch is 1 3/4 wide then it should. Before I build a new form with shorter radius, I want to ask a question: is there an available information, how to adjust for spring back for different wood species . I think that springback for plywood is different from springback for walnut. What radius for walnut should I build a form ?
This is an example of what I want to achieve:

This is my arch


This is a test:

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#1 posted 11-12-2018 04:02 AM

3/32 is a very good thickness for walnut laminations.
If you really want to limit any spring back use plastic resin glue. But beware it’s very hard on tooling for that reason I hardly ever go that route. I use TB3 for walnut and hope for the best.
Good luck

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#2 posted 11-12-2018 04:14 AM

Well the WAG method would say do a test run on the form you have and see how much spring back you get then make a new form based on that.

But assuming you are going to case the door frames like in the pictures, then you can probably tolerate a bit of compression in the arch as those forces will press down on the tops of the verticals on the sides.

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#3 posted 11-12-2018 04:18 AM

+1 Aj
Use a hard drying glue like urea formaldehyde (plastic resin) or hide glue. Urea formaldehyde’s require much higher clamping pressure but both will resist springback much better than PVA’s.
Experiment of course but you should get virtually none with these glues if you use reasonably thin layers.

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#4 posted 11-12-2018 04:18 AM

I think I would try one of the ‘flexible’ products and see if it would look good enough once finished

I have used flexible crown from ResinArt for some 8” wide crown molding on a curved wall (paint grade) and was very pleased with the results. Let me warn you though, it is not cheap. I used a 12’ long piece and it was $32 per foot!

For the ‘face’ of the arch, like in your test, I would look into some ‘bender ply’ of the appropriate species. Here is a pic I took of some of it stacked up at my local lumberyard.

I think they call this stuff ‘flexi mdf’ (I have not used it yet)

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