When it comes to woodworking, woodworkers are always looking to get arrow straight boards, completely flat and true.
First, there are turners, who take nice straight stock and turn it round. Then, there are carvers who – with chisels, gouges and other tools turn those pretty chunks of wood into works of art.
And, then there are the folks who like to bend wood to add flair and drama to their projects.
Bending wood is typically accomplished one of two ways. The first is to steam the wood in a contraption for a certain amount of time to loosen the lignin in the board, then taking it from the box and bending it quickly over a form. The other method is to slice thin pieces from a larger board, then laminate them with glue and clamp them to a form. Both give spectacular results.
So, this week, I want to know if you have ever bent pieces of wood for your projects, and if you have, how did you do it.