I'm making a ski and it will be 8" wide. The width will be 4 - 2"
strips glued together. Should I glue it together first and then bend or
bend each strip and then glue it together? I'm guessing I should bend
each strip first, since the steaming process would weaken the glue
Bending wood is not all that tricky. However, to get a reasonably accurate
bend, you will need a form. Both the negative and positive form to sandwich
the wood into.
Depending on the complexity and radius of the form, the wood strips need to
be thin (1/16" +-). After you have all of the strips ready, you need to
glue and then clamp this wood sandwich into the form and let set. Do a
Google search on "bent wood laminations" and you will see what I mean.
Above is a link to my last project that employed bent wood lamination.
Possibly, but that is what the industry does. If they do laminate it is
at the bend and only 3 laminations 1/4" - 1/16" - 1/4".
Even skis that laminate have different wood grain pattern every two
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