This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Bending wood for furniture...tips, tricks and techniques." by Keith Johnson Custom Woodworking

Building a Challenging Dining Table Base with Bent Lamination Arches

TLDRLearn how to construct a dining table base with four bent lamination arches, one of the most challenging woodworking projects. The process involves cutting plywood, creating bending forms, re-sawing walnut strips, gluing and clamping the bent laminations, and assembling the base with half lap joints.

Key insights

🔨Constructing a dining table base with bent lamination arches is a challenging woodworking project.

🪚The process involves cutting plywood to create bending forms for the arches.

🪓Re-sawing walnut strips to the required thickness is necessary for the bent laminations.

🔩Gluing and clamping the bent laminations requires careful alignment and precision.

📐Assembling the base involves using half lap joints for strength and stability.

Q&A

What are bent lamination arches?

Bent lamination arches are curved wooden elements created by gluing and clamping thin strips of wood together in a specific form.

Why is re-sawing necessary in this project?

Re-sawing allows for the creation of thin walnut strips that can be bent and glued together to form the arches.

What is the purpose of the bending forms?

The bending forms are used to shape and hold the bent laminations in place while the glue dries, ensuring the desired curved shape is achieved.

Why are half lap joints used in the assembly?

Half lap joints provide strength and stability to the dining table base, ensuring it can support the weight of the tabletop.

Is this project suitable for beginners?

No, constructing a dining table base with bent lamination arches is a challenging woodworking project that requires intermediate to advanced skills and tools.

Timestamped Summary

00:00The video introduces the project of constructing a dining table base with four bent lamination arches.

01:21The process begins with cutting plywood to create the bending forms for the arches.

02:46The walnut strips are re-sawn to the required thickness for the bent laminations.

04:00The bent laminations are glued and clamped using careful alignment and precision.

05:54The assembly of the dining table base involves using half lap joints for strength and stability.