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Re: curved wood question, actual woodworking...

William Duffield
I would do a bent lamination, with a structural epoxy (West System, System 3 T-88, Total Boat, etc.) Depending on the type and figure of the wood, you should consider gluing up the whole splat and resawing it on the TS into individual slats, to preserve the figure match.

I have had good results with a curved glue mold and lot of clamps.

To build in tapers at both ends, I would modify the thickness of the central lamination, tapering it to nearly zero at both ends. There are lots of ways to do that, each more interesting than the last. I'll leave it as an exercise for you.

Editorial comment: Why do so many modern furniture makers go to such contortions to accomplish something which has been done quite elegantly for a couple centuries in Windsor chairs, with only a froe and mallet, a draw knife and shave horse, a steam box and a pegboard with a handful of dogs and wedges, and a little practice? And then the modernists think they have been successful when their result looks like its manufacture was untouched by human hands???

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