How to Make a Curved Cutting Board | DIY Bent Lamination

How to Make a Curved Cutting Board | DIY Bent Lamination


What’s up guys? I’m Brad Rodriguez from Fix This Build That and today I’m going to show you how to make this bent lamination cheeseboard. It’s really cool project with a new process that I’ve just done and I had someone to shop to help me out Johnny broke from Crafted Workshop, and we also did a project for his channel tell them about it Johnny? Yeah? So I built this kind of modern wall art just using some scraps that I had lying around Really happy with the way this came out nice big statement piece and can’t wait to get this hung up my house. Absolutely So you can check out both of the projects, I’ll show you how I did this right now, and I’ll leave a link down below to Johnny’s channel as well alright Let’s see how we did it This lamination is a technique to create curved shapes by bending and gluing together thin strips of wood I started the build by picking out some walnut mahogany and cherry boards that were all around an inch and a half thick and 20 Inches Long I planed the boards down until they were smooth flat in the same thickness which ended up about an inch and a quarter For dried bent lamination the strips need to be an eighth of an inch at most But at the same time I wasnted them as thick as possible to reduce the number of pieces that I needed to get the width I set up my bandsaw to make a strong eighth of an inch cut so that after sanding They would be right at or just below an eighth of an inch after every few cuts I would check the edge and make sure that it was still fairly straight if you start getting a curve in the board from the bandsaw Take it over to the jointer or use a hand plan to get that flat surface again I cut down the cherry walnut and mahogany and these pieces were rough on both sides at this point So I needed to get them flat I got to test out the new 18-36 drum sander that I got from Jet Woodworking I changed out the paper from 80 grit to 120 grit which is going to let me go straight to the glue up we ran the strips through until all the mill marks were gone and this new dust collection baffle on the Sander works awesome because I Could tell it collected more dust than my old sander there was little if any dust smell in the air This process could also be done on a planer But you may need a sled to plane those boards under an eighth of an inch Now Johnny’s friend Grant Batson was here also And he was stacking all the strips as I jammed them through and it made short work of it After the strips were milled I split them back into their wood types Then I arranged them as best as I could from dark to light and overlapped a few pieces of the transitions for an ombre look ~Alright, so if I do that so it kind of 36 inches~ at this point We started laying out the curve and figuring out what the shape would be to make the form We settled on a gentle sine wave style curve with four points of inflection over 20 inches I cut two 20 inch long and eight inch wide pieces of 3/4 MDF to make the bending form I drew two lines one inch apart down the length of the top piece Then I split the line up into thirds and put a finish nail at each inflection point to hold a strip for making the curve We first tried using a strip of wood for making the curve, but it didn’t really bend consistently then Grant had a great idea This is the thing I love most about collaborating with other people You get some more brains in the shop to help you solve these kind of problems I marked the curve with the metal ruler and then I glued and screwed the two pieces together for an inch and a half tall form To cut the curve for the form I went to the bandsaw And I just followed along the line in one smooth cut there’s no need to stand the form here I’ll be using f clamps to clamp the strips into place So I drilled a series of one-inch holes in the form for the clamp heads The holes were positioned so that the clamping pressure would be at a right angle to all the curves The form is attached to an MDF base to help with clamping To keep the glue from sticking to the MDF I covered the base in the face of the form with packing tape Then I screwed them together from underneath And now comes the fun part the glue up After a dry run we decided to do the glue up in two stages one half at a time We got all hands on deck and then the three of us Just spread the glue out on the half of the strips We lined the strips up one by one onto the form and then started clamping the layers into place working from one side of the form to the other We used a dead blow mallet to flatten the glue up as necessary This was so cool to see how the wood just took the shape of the form this bent lamination is really fun to do After about three hours we took the clamps off, so we could add the second layer and let the whole thing dry overnight Now apparently I missed a few workouts So we decided to just actually leave the first layer in place and add the second layer after sanding the outer face of the first half We did the hectic glue-up routine again and added the second layer of strips now one issue We did see is that there were some small gaps where that outer strip of the first layer had been compressed by the clamps Using an additional strip here without any glue on it or a similar clamping caul would help avoid this issue We wiped off the excess glue as much as possible and then added some clamps vertically to flatten the glue up before leaving for the night The next morning we took off the clamps to reveal the full board With this many layers in the lamination there was almost zero spring back when we took off the clamps I was kind of surprised here But we pried the board off the form of the putty knife and we were greeted with a lot of uncured glue I wiped and scraped off as much as I could and then we put a fan on it to harden and skin the glue over before planing After it was dry we took it over to the planer for a few passes to clean up the faces Any gaps that we’d seen before ended up disappearing after we flattened the board and the glue looked great. I took the board back over to the drum sander for a few passes just to get rid of a tiny bit of snipe that had gotten there and I got down to a final thickness just over one inch Then I used a card scraper to clean up the outer edge of that last glue up which had some flat spots from the clamps Now by the way here a couple parallel clamps make a great knock down end vice The next step was to trim the ends of the board I laid the board back in the form and I used a large carpenter square to reference the back of the form and draw parallel lines for the ends To cut the ends I used the off cut from the curve of the form to get a solid contact with my miter saw fence I made some minor adjustments, and I clamped the board down and cut both ends to size and this method works really well So make sure you keep those off cuts from the form To finish the edges I used a sixteenth of an inch roundover bit and went around the top of the bottom of the board I rounded the corners my hand and then sanded the whole board up to 220 grit I raised the grain with water in between grits you can see that technique in my edge grain cutting board video and I’ll link to that above and in the description Finally we were ready for the payoff Oiling the board I use straight mineral oil here for the first coat and just watch that grain come to life ~ Acoustic guitar strumming ~ After the first coat I finished the board off with the beeswax and oil mix that gives the board a great sheen and some extra Water protection. I’ll have a link down below in the description to all the items that I used for this board Now this was a great project to understand bent lamination. The same steps and techniques can be used to make all kinds of different curves and shapes I’d love to hear in the comments what you plan on making with your vette lamination project. I want to give a big thank you to Jet Woodworking for partnering with me on this build. That Jet 18-36 drum Standard made this project possible I’ll have a link down below in the description where you can find out more details about it if you’re new to the channel I’d love to have you subscribe if you enjoyed the video go ahead and like it and tell me in your comments What you think about it. Until next time guys get out there and build something awesome!

100 thoughts on “How to Make a Curved Cutting Board | DIY Bent Lamination

  1. Hey Brad!! I Really love your work. sincerely it is really entertaining. I must say for one, Your video editing style and layout is awesome and I like your precision. Can You do a really detailed video on different types of shop tools? I Am curious to see the Pros and cons of each tool and see exactly how they work. Please teach me everything i wanna be like you

  2. Great job, Brad! I've seen the Wood Whisperer do a bent lamination a different way. I'm glad this worked out for you. That's a lot of prep work.

  3. FYI The nails you put in were the maxima and minima, not inflection points. Inflection points are where the curve switches from concave-up to concave-down. Nice description, though.

  4. Like the collaboration Brad. Johnny is really getting around. Can you use this cutting board as a bike ramp too? #craftedworkshop.

  5. This is fantastic! Such a great idea for a chopping board – definitely have to try this myself sometime! 👍

  6. Man, that's the best looking cutting board that I've seen for a long time. Something I've started doing with mineral oil and wax/oil mix is heat them a little in a pan of hot water. Seems to help them penetrate better.

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed this video and build. I love how you set up the pieces from dark to light with some flipped. It really turned out so nice.

  8. The good:
    – Very cool video
    – Makes doing bent lamination technique seem approachable
    – Encourages me to try it myself
    – End result looks awesome
    – Definitely going to steal the idea for Christmas presents

    The bad:
    – Makes me very jealous that I don't have a drum sander

  9. Nice job. At first I thought you may have missed a few spots with the packing tape and securely glued it to the base. I'm glad that was not the case. Really looks great.

  10. Great idea. I got to try this myself. What kind of orbital sander are you using. Color looks like Ridgid but I can't tell for sure.

  11. Wow Brad that's super cool! I might have to give this a try with all the cut offs and smaller stock I have sitting around. Great video showing the whole process!

  12. Love it man. You've already given me some ideas for a project that I had in mind. This will just be the icing on the cake. It's pretty cool what you can do with bent lamination.

  13. Hey Brad, I looked in the description but didn't see it. What is the black mat you have the cutting board on when you're applying the finish? Anything special or is it just like a rubber mat or something like that? Nice work on the board.

  14. Great build! I really need a planer! And that drum sander looks awesome too. What kind of glue did you use? Could you use the off cut from the form while clamping? Just a thought…

  15. Very cool project! I'm trying this, the glue-up is in progress. I didn't really understand why you drilled the holes for the clamps (which I skipped… for those of you watching at home, don't skip), that is a smart touch. Thanks for sharing this.

  16. Tthose who have challenge to calibrate their bandsaws, the best guide there for that is Alex Snodgrass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxVyKsbuwZQ

  17. Торопыги !
    Можно было скотчем плоскость проклеить , чтобы потом стамесками не отдирать . И с сырым клеем в рейсмус пихать я бы не стал

  18. nice project. i said past make any cut bord destine into hollow christmas ornament. not sure how show of lamination in round shap. if you take chanange try make lamenanetd hollow christmas ornament let know when post vedio.

  19. If you guys would have made the form line in the middle of your form piece and glued the entire thing you would have a "positive" and "negative" form to use for clamping during the glue up. You may not have needed to drill the holes for clamping. I'm not sure if it would work but I thought it might make things easier. Hope this helps.

  20. Wow Brad how did I MISS this Video?! Looks absolutely stunning Buddy! You’ve actually “tickled my inspiration fancy!”..LOL! Excited about what I come up with in the Bent Lamination Future! Thanks for Sharing! Have A Super Week!…..Gus

  21. I'm no woodworker, but I find these video's interesting. I think a great idea would be to do a curved bench, essentially making a larger piece of curved wood as you just did and adding on some legs.

  22. Don't use fabric/ paper-towel, rub it in with your latex gloves. You are absorbing most of your oils and not getting it into your wood.

  23. Superb result, looks very nice. Can this kind of laminates be washed with soap and water? I mean without degrading the glue. And second question, is this mineral oil and wax compatible with food usage? What oil is it? engine oil? Cheers

  24. Where do you wood workers find all this hard wood? My local lumber yard only has pine? Can small pieces be bought online at a decent price? Nice job and I love the videos!

  25. So all I need is a fully equipped shop to make this simple laminated cutting board. I would like to see you guys do this with a jig saw and a plane to finish.

  26. I am going to try this. Thank you for the great video. This is the first video I have seen of yours and really enjoyed it.

  27. Great idea! I'll try it.

    FYI you shouldn't use yellow glue for cutting boards–it's not water resistant. Use brown glue (Titebond Type III).

  28. Denatured alcohol is a better tool for raising the grain. It dries quick and you can avoid putting water on your boards.

  29. beautiful project. stunning piece. i understand and agree with the need for advertising but was very disappointed by the partisan political advertising i viewed.
    the board took a lot of work. what did you price it at?
    i subscribed anyway because of the quality of the work

  30. I’m going to attempt one but I’ll have to use my table saw. It will be a fun project and a good excuse to use the new 18/36 sander I just picked up. Thanks for the inspiration!

  31. matter of interest why didn't you use the other side of the curve during the clamping process it would of given an even pressure would it not

  32. Just wondering if you have ever tried making a curved piece with the lamination's for a vertical piece instead of horizontal like your cutting board. I was thinking like a curved board on a chair back.

  33. There is a lot of glue and all glue will gradually be cut off. Where does the glue go? Of course in the food. And yes, very beautiful.

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