WoodSkills Issue 02 - Page 66

A background to lamination techniques

The lamination itself can also be done in several different ways. Traditionally, sections with a curve along one direction can be made accurately and repeatedly using a pair of formers, male and female. In some cases, multiple formers are used for complicated pieces. The layers to be laminated are pressed between the formers, pressure applied and the piece left to dry.

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A more free-form curve in two directions can be made with a smaller cross section but to considerable length by applying the glue to thin layers of wood, fixing the position at either end and applying pressure in between with a series of clamps and cauls, or by wrapping tightly with a bicycle tube inner.