Bending plywood is a common DIY project in many areas of the world, including Malaysia.
And if you have a handy kitchen tool, there’s no shortage of tutorials online to help you along.
Here’s a guide to the process and some tips to help ensure the finishing job is as smooth as possible.
The first step is to decide how much material you want to bend.
The more bends you make, the less time and effort it will take to make the final product.
That means you’ll need to bend the pieces to their proper length before you’re ready to finish.
Before bending, you’ll want to check the strength of the plywood by measuring the angle of the end pieces and the center piece.
These two pieces should be perpendicular to each other, but they shouldn’t be too close.
If you have to bend them further, you may need to add additional force.
You’ll want a minimum of 1/4″ of force on each end piece to make sure the bends don’t tear.
If the bending isn’t smooth, it will cause unevenness and will make the finish less aesthetically pleasing.
The final step is cutting the pieces in half.
This is the most important step, as you can bend pieces much larger than you think they need to be.
If your work is too thin, you could end up with a hard, uneven finish.
In Malaysia, it’s usually recommended to use 6-inch plywood.
But if you’re bent to a 12-inch width, you can use a 3-inch or 2-inch piece of wood for this project.
Bend the pieces so they’re equal length, then mark the two sides with tape.
This will help you know which side is which.
You can use the same tape to mark the ends of each piece, as well.
After you cut each side, trim the end with a small sharp knife.
This ensures the ply is square.
Now, trim off the excess material and apply a coat of paint.
Once you’re happy with the finish, you’re going to want to trim off any excess glue.
This glue helps to keep the wood together when the pieces are bent.
It also helps keep the pieces from tearing during the bending process.
Once the pieces have been trimmed, they’re ready for sanding and finishing.
To sand a plywood surface, use a flat-blade sanding disc or a flathead screwdriver.
You may want to start with a clean, flat surface, and work your way up to a rougher surface.
After sanding, it may be necessary to add a coat to the surface.
This can be done by brushing the sandpaper over the ply with a brush, or by applying a little of the glue to the pieces.
Once all the glue has dried, it should be very smooth.
Use a sharp knife to gently scrape the sanding pad with a paper towel to remove any dirt.
Then, you should be able to see that there are no dents or scratches.
Once sanded, the pieces should look almost identical to their original state.
The only difference is the amount of sandpaper that’s used.
To get the perfect finish, apply a thin layer of clear gloss varnish on the pieces before gluing them together.
Then apply a final coat of clear varnishes.
These varnishing treatments will keep the finished plywood looking as shiny as it looks in the photos.
To finish the work, simply sand the remaining material with a flat, thin sandpaper.
The finished product should look like the photos, with a few scratches and dings.
You should be left with a smooth, shiny surface.