How to make bent wood objects

We have all seen wood objects with rounded shapes, that’s nothing new. But when the grain of the wood shows that this piece was not just sawed into shaped but bent into shape, it starts turning heads. Bending wood? Surely something as hard as wood can’t possibly be bent can it? Ooh yes it can, and it’s not that hard to do either! Steve Ramsey knows exactly how it’s done, and he made this video to demonstrate it. In this case he makes a holder for a razor, but you could make almost anything out of your bent wood like coat hangers, bracelets, decorations and even large things like furniture. So watch this and let your imagination run wild!

Joining pieces without glue or screws!

It’s only natural. Whenever we want to put two things together, we reach for the glue. And there’s nothing wrong about that! But wouldn’t it feel much sweeter and special if you could assemble an object, simply by pressing it into each other like Lego? Most material can do this, if they are shaped properly, and wood is exceptionally good at doing this. ThisWoodwork made this mirror by fitting pieces of wood together. Sure, he used glue for the ornament, but the main construct doesn’t need it. It just fit into each other like they were ment to be together! If the tolerances are good, you don’t need any glue. And if the tolerances are bad, chances are you can fix it with a file or a piece of masking tape!

The theory of making dovetail joints

The art of dovetail joint making is quite tricky, as we can see in this video when Adam Savage from Mythbusters tries to learn this particular craft while teaching it to  Will from Tested.com. Even though he doesn’t end up with a perfect joint, he talks about all the theories and techniques he has found in his research. Since he is planning to eventually build a sea chest with “Like ten dovetails on each side, it’s like….mind-blowing”, Crafters University wish him the best of luck in perfecting his dovetail joint crafting skills.