I'm making a copy of this wine rack out of walnut:
Today I got some 5" wide walnut and sawed a bunch of thin strips and drum
sanded to just over 1/16" This site:
says that walnut can be steamed to a 3" bend radius, which is a bit too
big, but he's talking about steaming solid walnut, not laminated strips.
My question is, does anyone think that I can bend about a 2" radius( 4"
diameter) on 1/16" strips of walnut dry with just glue?
If not, what about steaming them and using a gorilla glue that is ok curing
in water? I'm thinking that is the way I'm going to go. Looking at the
picture, the only hard radius are the ends where you wrap a full 90 degrees
on about a 2" radius. The others I think would bend find dry with glue.
Additionally, I just found this site which seems to indicate that at 1/16"
thickness, I can bend to a radius 20-30X that thickness. That would be
1.25" - 1.875", which would be great, and it shows black walnut as being a
decent wood to bend, not the best but not bad.