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An ideal project for learning how to make a bent lamination.

A Mouse needs a nice home too, doesn’t it? At least, that’s what a friend had in mind when she asked me to design a little house to cover a mouse-chewed hole in her baseboard. She wanted to turn a lemon into lemonade, I guess.

The project turned out so well that I’ve made more as gifts. The tale of how the mouse house came to be goes with the gift, too, and always makes people laugh.

As far as the woodworking goes, though, this is a serious project. Using few materials, it’s an inexpensive way to learn the fundamentals of making a bent lamination (a curved part that’s built up from thin layers of wood). With this skill in hand, you can design and build much larger and more ambitious curved furniture.

To build the mouse house, you’ll need to make a hot-pipe bending jig. You’ll also need a vacuum bag, which you can buy or make yourself.


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