Howdy once again Jerry....
A while back I was asked to build a chess table for a friend. He wanted a "round table".
Once we agreed to a particular look, I began doing my homework on doing round or bent furniture. For me, I concluded that there were a few options. Most of which have been mentioned earlier. One would be a solid piece of wood, bandsawn and worked from there. Second would be lamination. Third would be steam bending and finally fourth would be heat bending. OR any combination of the above. I was darn near ready to pull the trigged on steam bending when I changed my mind after seeing the heat gun setup (see pictures). There is alot that goes into bending wood. A great deal depends on the wood that you are using. Some woods just take to bending much, much better than others. (I'm using cherry on this project). Depending on the final thickness desired one usually ends up doing some kind of lamination, which I did on this project. 6 thin pieces of oak were heated up and bent to what i would guess was 90% to final shape, then a top lamination of cherry was applied. I used an Urea glue which in the end, turned out to be just fantastic. When I pulled the sides off of the form, I got less than 1/8" return. and after several weeks of sitting, that fit the form like a glove yet....I found the whole process to be quite enjoyable and look forward to the next one..
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