A New Way To BEND Wood? // Woodworking

A New Way To BEND Wood? // Woodworking


In this video, I expand on 2 of my more popular YouTube Shorts Videos. I build a planter and a serving Tray using a Kerf Bending with wedges technique.

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  1. Main Stay on June 10, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    That’s not new

  2. Rick Skedden on June 10, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    X alent job very well done nice to see quality workmanship

  3. a 🌼 on June 10, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    11:00 could you have done this at the miter?

  4. Hans de Groot on June 10, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing the video.

  5. Robert on June 10, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    That is so cool and I have never seen the wedges used in kerf bending. This technique leads to so many new ideas. And so many woodworkers will be having fun experimenting with this technique. One other thing that will be interesting, how long will it take other more well known woodworkers to incorporate your ideas into their videos? Thanks. I am subscribing and keep them coming. Really cool stuff!

  6. Ray Cash on June 10, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    Excellent design, execution, and voice-over instruction.

  7. Jack Be nimble on June 10, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    Very nice I think that’s a Chinese style actually. I think I might do that to a couple projects

  8. Kirby Freeman on June 10, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    Great job. way to think out of the box 👍👍👍

  9. D Geo on June 10, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    That’s amazing! You have a gift. How long did it truly take?

  10. jay brunn on June 10, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    Love your creativity and your honesty as you build. It’s very reassuring for new builders. Great job!

  11. Donald Cotnoir on June 10, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    I like it. Pretty clever. Cool piece

  12. niklar55 on June 10, 2023 at 12:53 pm


  13. Yuliya Bryant on June 10, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Very cool tray

  14. David Bee on June 10, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    You’ve a real talent there. Great to see a young person doing such great work. Keep on learning and being creative.

  15. bluesmasterelf on June 10, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Listen, this wedge idea is completely brilliant. If you really came up with it yourself, you deserve serious chops. I consume a lot of wood working content on this channel, and for sure this is the best ‘well, why not?’ kind of idea I’ve seen from a common concept to date. I make a living on originality like this, though in math and software, but I can recognize a senior in any field I know the gist. This is senior level work.

  16. Serif Sans Serif on June 10, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    This is stupidly obvious and yet I am absolutely beside myself with envy for not thinking of it myself. Great job!

  17. Dudley Wilson on June 10, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    Bluesmasterelf said it, "This is senior level work." I saw one other bent project that cut kerfs but bent to the inside of the project where they couldn’t be seen. He used 7-layer plywood, didn’t say the thickness (looked like 18mm) with the kerfs cutting through all but the last two layers. He didn’t use any water, but that seems like a good idea. You are using solid wood and leaving "about 1/16" if I heard you correctly, but each species of wood you could use would have different bending characteristics and require some testing. He used construction adhesive in all the kerfs when he bent it because the kerfs didn’t show in the finished product. He didn’t have to make precision wedges that had to fit in the bottom of the kerfs. He said that he did a couple of tests to make sure the kerf spacing was "just right." Who knows what "just right" even means. You didn’t say how many tries you made or the math involved for you to get the radii you wanted. He said nothing about he figured out the pitch of the kerfs either. The kerf width would be an important variable, and neither of you said anything about kerf width. I’m assuming you wanted a wider kerf, so used a standard 1/8" blade. His had points on the side so was using a cross-cut blade (he didn’t have to make a joint at the bottom of the kerf) and your kerf bottoms look square, so must be using a rip blade. This looks like a project that I would like to try, so will be trying to work out the math needed to make the radius that I want. This is the first video of yours that I’ve seen. It is impressive enough that you get a like and a subscribe. I pass out likes fairly often, but subscribes don’t happen until I’ve usually seen several videos. How much do you think you could get for one of those serving trays? Very well done. I, too, like one of your commenters below, enjoy your way of presenting, with the truthful admission of errors, and sufficient verbiage to follow your learning curve. Learning curves are something that are usually obvious once they are pointed out, and with your description the logic follows and sticks with me. Thanks for that.

  18. Matt Kent on June 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    OK I’ve gotta ask. You’re using the harbor freight sliding miter saw. Honest review!?!? Cause I’m in the market and I haven’t a clue

  19. Matt Heath on June 10, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    This is absolutely great, I wanted to make this for my mom’s birthday next month, I was wondering what width you set the fence at on your table saw?

  20. onjoFilms on June 10, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    whoa, what’s going on with that fence? I’ve never seen one with kerf marks on it.

  21. Kevin on June 10, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    You’re doing a lot of interesting stuff that I’ve never seen woodworkers do before. That trick with the blue tape and rubbing the paint off the side of a pencil is fucking brilliant.

  22. MagnetOnlyMotors on June 10, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Not really a new idea, I had a 120 year old farm house that had a door arch made that way. Nice work though.😊

  23. Pointer G on June 10, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Very nice Josh. I am always very happy to see young people working with their entire hand instead of just their thumbs! I hope you inspire others to do the same.

  24. Carlos Silva on June 10, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    The wedges were not 15 degrees, they were 8 degrees.If you were amounting for both sides that would have been 16 degrees. What was that all about?

  25. seymore glass on June 10, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Awesome creativity, thanks for sharing. I’m always curious about how much time this piece took in real time? If you would post this as an after-thought I’d be appreciative. Cheers!

  26. Sergey Borchenko on June 10, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    😜☝️👍🏼🤞 Nice

  27. seabeepirate on June 10, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Love the creative design, keep at it!

  28. Michelle Marcantonatos on June 10, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Nice work!

  29. Danny Jones on June 10, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Damn, I friggin love that idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Trevor Parker on June 10, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Anyone else got stressed out when he started pushing that tray tough the table saw…

  31. MrGrantdw on June 10, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    Nothing new here this was taught in my TAFE course when I did my trade apprenticeship 40 years ago? We made jigs to run the wedges through a thicknesser for a couple different radius bends.

  32. Michael Conger on June 10, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    This is great man beautiful job you deserve 10 thumbs up thanks man

  33. No no on June 10, 2023 at 1:18 pm


  34. Sbregher on June 10, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    What a very cleaver technique! And the projects are awesome! Thanks much for the great video!

  35. globyois on June 10, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    Great work.

  36. Mike Merc on June 10, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Josh just wanted to know about your miter saw
    Do you like i, was it worth the money? do you have any pros and cons or likes or dislikes about it?

  37. JJ79 on June 10, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Very old way to bend actually.

  38. Conor McMenemie on June 10, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    BRILLIANT. For something to become a ‘thing’ it needs a name. So in respect to your excellent creativity, we should refer to this method as being a WRIGHT CURVE.

  39. Stewart McManus on June 10, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    That’s very well thought through Josh. So I may have a go at this, thanks, Stewart, south west Australia.

  40. TSIRKLAND on June 10, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Neat stuff! I kinda’ liked the tray before the second bend. Just the bent-wood around the edge was pretty cool already, and gives you a nice flat tray. Adding in the second bend kinda’ cuts down on the flat surface area for carrying things. But it sure does look cool! Maybe have one of each as a set: a flat one for carrying drinks, and a curved bottom for.. fruit, or chips, or something.

    I had already seen the planter short video; that one is cool as heck!! Thanks for the longer how-to version.

    So many possibilities with this technique; I look forward to finding more of your videos.

  41. Tenacious Trav on June 10, 2023 at 1:25 pm


  42. Андрей Пшенников on June 10, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Есть одно но перевод можно

  43. Think Floyd on June 10, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    well it worked on tik tok, so we don’t need you here.

  44. Bobby Hempel on June 10, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    Very cool

  45. Doonie on June 10, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    Good idea…thanks fellow craftsman…

  46. Jim Rosson on June 10, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    Wow that’s amazing great work

  47. Dudley Wilson on June 10, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    I’m going to add one more thing: You have a Hercules miter saw. I was foolish enough to purchase the Bosch GCM12SD, possibly the most expensive miter saw available. I wanted it so that I could put it closer to the wall in my small shop, and thought the parallelogram was better than the slide. When I got it home I realized that it had no laser or LED to show the blade position. I almost took it back because of that, but had a contract that had to be done, so kept it. Since I have learned that Bosch says, "Well, you can by an after-market laser washer" that fits on the spinning blade shaft. If you’ve ever used a Dewalt miter saw you know the LED is WAY better than the laser, shows both sides of the blade and doesn’t require that the blade be spinning. So I put on $21 sewing machine LED, that had to be customized to work properly, on the most expensive miter saw. The LED works great. Then, just last week, I tried to use the depth stop to cut a dado. The stop is a joke. There is so much play in the parallelogram linkage that the depth of the dado varies about 1/8" depending on how much pressure you put on the handle. I tried to get it consistent, but couldn’t do it well enough to be acceptable. The dado jig I had for my router was not big enough because the dado was at an acute angle, so made a fixture for my table saw. After seeing you do those consistent depth cuts, I’m thinking I should sell my Bosch and get the Hercules. I just checked, and it satisfies all my needs: 12" (I need to cut 4×4’s pretty often), dual bevel (I think I could do with one side bevel), sliding, with good ratings, even from the "Den of Tools" that I trust, and for $250 less than the Bosch. Bosch should be ashamed. I’m ashamed that I fell for their hype. After all, it was only $80 more than the Dewalt, and HAD to be better!!!!

  48. MonoclineConnoisseur on June 10, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    That tray design is nice👍

  49. Sea Fan Studio on June 10, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    I’m going to have to try something like this. Great work!

  50. Bushman 412 on June 10, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    Loved the proces and the technique, the result was beautiful. if you don’t mind I want to try this myself too!