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  1. Thanks all. I am working on a project for my dad's birthday to make a fairly authentic round wooden shield based on designs from the "dark ages". Most at the time were easy to make- just flat with a hole and boss in the center, but the ones that look good and were also more effective were shallow bowl shaped, about half an inch thick. I'm not sure how they did it then, but steam was suggested as a likely way. They also used wooden boards, rather than sheets of wood.
  2. That is cool, though beyond my means and abilities with the handful of garage tools I have. I think my best option is to find something of about the same shape and try to steam/bend the sheets over it. Thanks!
  3. Yes, basically a shallow dish shaped shield, about 1/2 inch thick. Thanks for the link, that is interesting, but it looks like it is made for bending one direction. My plan requires a bend in all directions. I am thinking of trying the steaming method using a piece of 1/2 inch plywood. Can anyone recommend a good wood type for this? I understand some woods steam better than others. Should I consider using 1/4 inch plywood and steaming, then gluing them together? Thanks!
  4. I did not upload a picture. I used this picture in one other place, a Harley Davidson site. I wonder if they are connected? Curved rails? Paper mache wouldn't be historically accurate, and not strong enough. I wonder how they made concave wooden shields in ancient Greece and medieval Europe?
  5. Wow, you obviously know what you are doing, but I don't understand much of that. Are you saying it would basically be carved out of a thicker piece? I am very much a novice. I impressed myself with the tree house I built for my kids. I thought it might be something along the lines of using steam and pressure to slowly bend the circle down, but not the case? And how did this site get that picture of me?
  6. Hello, I am fairly new to wood working. For a project I need a circle of wood about half an inch thick and 28 inches across that is slightly convex. Not sure how to describe it otherwise, but it would need an even rise from the edge to the center that would put the center about 1 1/2 inches higher. If it matters, there will be a hole in the center, about 6 inches across. I'm not particular on the kind of wood, it will be painted, but something light and strong would be preferred and I need it to hold it's shape in the end. Does anyone know how to do this? Thanks!