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How to bend MDF or plywood to any angle

In some cases, there is a need for a smooth bend of the wood material (MDF, chipboard, plywood, etc.), most often at an angle of 90 degrees for the manufacture of new or used furniture restoration, as well as for use in other products. This work can be done without much difficulty if you have versatile tools and basic joinery skills.

How to bend MDF or plywood to any angle

It will take

Materials and tools:

  • strip of MDF and plywood;
  • a tool for drawing parallel lines at any angle;
  • a circular saw;
  • Miter saw;
  • container with water;
  • clamp;
  • waterproof glue for wood, etc.

The process of bending a strip of MDF or plywood with your own hands

All temporary recommendations and geometric dimensions will be referred to a strip of MDF with a thickness of 15 mm and multilayer plywood (7 layers) – 18 mm. For the same materials, but with a lesser or greater thickness, corrections will be required.

How to bend MDF or plywood to any angle

To bend our strips, we will make 9 or 10 parallel slots across the workpieces at a distance of 10 mm from one another.

How to bend MDF or plywood to any angle

We mark them out using a simple carpentry tool, which is a combination of a protractor, a movable ruler and a stop.

How to bend MDF or plywood to any angle

Leave the undercut in depth for the MDF plate 3-4 mm, for multi-layer plywood – two layers, or about 5 mm. As a working tool for such an operation, we can successfully use both a hand saw and a circular or miter saw.

How to bend MDF or plywood to any angle

For prompt and defect-free bending of strips of wood material, we place them in a container with water for a period of 10 to 15 minutes. After that, directly in the water, we proceed to bending the workpieces, but without much fanaticism, so as not to damage the workpieces.

How to bend MDF or plywood to any angle

Then we take out the already bent strips from the container with water and place them in the clamps, which we gradually and carefully squeeze, achieving the required bending angle up to 90 degrees.

How to bend MDF or plywood to any angle
How to bend MDF or plywood to any angle

If we feel a threat to the integrity of the plates in the process of bending deformation, then we place them again in a container with water and deformation, after some exposure, continue in an aqueous medium.

How to bend MDF or plywood to any angle

As the bending angle increases, the slots on the inner side begin to taper, and at this moment, to ensure the preservation of the bend, after removing the clamp, they can be glued with waterproof wood glue. The holding of the blanks in the clamps should be several hours.

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