You can bend wood into a complete circle. The trick is to start with thin pieces. Bent wood chair manufacturers do it this way to curve and bend wood into every configuration imaginable. When enough pieces are glued together in sequence in any form, the wood will stay bonded and hold the form permanently. You can create bent wood rings for crafts, hobbies or picture frames using thin pieces of wood, glue and clamps.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Wood strips, 1/6 by 3/4 by 36 inches
Smear glue to cover the first 2 inches of one strip of wood.
Bend the wood into a circle with your fingers to make a complete circle. Overlap the ends by 2 inches to cover the glue. Place a clamp on the ends to smash them together. Let the glue dry for one hour.
Remove the clamp. Smear glue on the inside of the circle. Bend and insert another strip into the circle letting it contact the glue. Let the ends overlap each other. Place glue on the ends that overlap. Flush the two circles together and place clamps every 2 inches around the perimeter of the circle. Let the glue dry for one hour.
Place wood strips into the circle one at a time, gluing, clamping and letting them dry one hour before placing up to six more strips or until the strips begin to break or crack (depending on the flexibility of the wood). If your strips break, you can begin adding them to the outside of the circle.
Tips and warnings
- The measurements here are examples. You can use any kind of wood. If the wood is very flexible, you can cut the strips thicker. If the wood is brittle, cut the strips thinner or longer. Do some test bends before adding glue to test your wood's flexibility. When the glue dries, you can sand the ring if you desire.
- Don't overbend the wood. If it bends unevenly, it has too much stress. Use thinner strips.