How to Build a Hoop Using Wood

Written by shae hazelton
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A wooden hoop has many uses, but it takes considerable woodworking skill to make one properly. The process involves steaming the wood. While this may sound like it ruins the wood, it actually makes the wood flexible enough to mould into a circular shape. The hoop-making process is time consuming and requires a lot of patience, but the results will reward your hard work. Ask an assistant to help in the project for the best results.

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Things you need

  • Wood
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Wood steamer
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Plywood
  • Wood epoxy
  • Drill
  • Bolts
  • Nuts
  • Dowels
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth

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  1. 1

    Select a plank of wood 68-inches long, 2-inches wide and 1-inch thick. Lay out the plank and place a pencil mark 3-inches from the left and right edge of the wood.

  2. 2

    Cut a line from the 3-inch marker on the right hand side of the wood plank down to the bottom corner of the plank. The cut will leave a 45-degree angle on the right side of the plank. Turn the plank over and make an identical cut on the left side of the wood plank.

  3. 3

    Rent a wood steamer and steamer box from your local hardwood store. The steamer box must be large enough to accommodate the 62-inch long plank of wood.

  4. 4

    Don a pair of gloves and goggles to protect your hands from the hot steam. Start the steam box and set the wood inside. Let the wood steam for two hours, only interrupting the process to flip the wood over once.

  5. 5

    Cut two pieces of 1-inch thick plywood into 18-inch diameter circles. Glue the two circles together with wood epoxy and allow it to dry.

  6. 6

    Cut eight pieces of two-by-four wood into lengths of 3 inches. Drill a 1/2-inch wide hole into the wide side of the two-by-four wood segments, 1 inch from the end. Draw a vertical and horizontal line across the centre of the plywood circle.

  7. 7

    Place the plywood segments centred on the lines that cross the circle of wood while overhanging the edge by 2 inches. Place the remaining wood segments on the opposing side of the wood circle in the same fashion.

  8. 8

    Drill a 1/2-inch wide hole through existing holes in the two-by-four segments that overlap the wood circle. Insert a bolt through the pieces of wood that overlap the wood circle. Attach a nut to the end of the bolt and tighten them down.

  9. 9

    Drill a 1/2 inch wide hole through four 1 1/2-inch wide wooden dowels. The dowels should be no longer than two inches.

  10. 10

    Remove the wood plank from the steamer (it will be extremely hot so handle it with thick gloves). Bend the wood around the circle pieces of plywood so the angled edges of the wood meet seamlessly. The wood should nestle between the two-by-four segments.

  11. 11

    Ask an assistant to hold the wood bent around the plywood circles. Hold a dowel between the segments of two-by-four so the hole in the dowel lines up with the holes of the two-by-four segment.

  12. 12

    Push a bolt through the two-by-four segments and the dowel. Tighten down the bolt with a nut. Place a dowel between each two-by-four segment and a bolt through each dowel.

  13. 13

    Leave the wood to rest in the circular mould for 24 hours. Release the bolt and dowel closest to the seam in the wood. Coat the angled edges of the wood with wood epoxy. Replace the dowel and bolt to retighten the wooden hoop and allow the epoxy to dry.

  14. 14

    Wipe off excess wood epoxy that escapes the seams of the wood. Leave the wood to set for 24 hours. Release all the bolts on the wood mould after the 24-hour waiting period and push the circle of plywood out of the wooden hoop.

  15. 15

    Sand the wooden hoop to remove splinters and smooth it out. Dab the wood with tack cloth (sticky cloth) to remove the sawdust.

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