New use for old bending form


The stairway to a new deck required a broad sweep for a hand rail. What better form then the graceful curve of a steam bending jig for a Peterborough canoe. With a little modification and five layers of glue laminated red, white and Port Orford cedar just the right curve was produced. Six coats of varnish should last through many rainy Oregon winters.


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Sweet! Nice work!

Check out this gluing jig!


These are structural glued laminated timber white oak members for a US Navy mine sweeper, manufactured at Peshtigo, WI.

New use for old bending jib

Thanks for the photo. Is this a minesweeper being built now or is the photo from WWll?

Nope, early 1950s during the Korean War. 165 ft. MSO and others. Also made members for the USS Bittern MHC-43 circa 1956.

Also made shipsets of framing members in the 1980s for 224 ft. long Mine Counter Measure ships and 108 ft. Yard Patrol craft for Annapolis.

Another bending jig

Not a boat, but . . .

"In a unique method used by Steinway for over a century, the inner and outer piano rims are bent into the shape of the rim as a single continuous piece. Before Theodore Steinway developed and patented this method in 1878, rims were made of separate pieces held together with joints. 18 hard-rock maple layers, each twenty-two feet long, are used to construct the rim of a concert grand piano. The layers are first coated with glue and stacked. The stacked layers are then glued into a single form of wood by bending on the rim-bending press, a giant piano-shaped vise. The rim-bending team centers the layers on the press and wrestles the wood into place with the aid of clamps."


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