Popsicle Stick Bender

About: I am a die hard Anaheim Ducks hockey fan. I love to take things apart and design/build innovative things and I am always thinking of something to build. In my spare time I love surfing, even though the word ...

For a project that I will make some time in the future I built this Popsicle stick bender. I needed curved Popsicle sticks for them and I needed some way to do them faster than one at a time. So I made this.

This is also the first instructable in my new series that I'm starting, Popsicle stick hacks.

You can find my second instructable, battery organizer, here.

Step 1: Materials

Really all you need is some kind of glue (I used hot glue), and some Popsicle sticks.

Step 2: Making the Central Bar

First you are going to get a couple Popsicle sticks (I used five) and glue them one on top of the other.

Step 3: Adding the Wings

Now add the "wings" to the central bar and then add onto them to give them support.

Step 4: Connecting the Wings

Now you need to connect the wings with more bars parallel to the first central bar. Then add support again. Then, to reverse the stress that the bending Popsicle sticks have on the unit, I put another bar that goes on top of the two bars between the wings but under the central bar.

Step 5: Bending the Popsicle Sticks

Now, to bend the Popsicle sticks you need to boil them for a while. I used the rig above to bill the Popsicle sticks and be able to get them out easy and quickly. Then once boiled for around 10 minutes you just insert them into the bender rig and give them an hour or so to bend and dry.

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    simplewriter

    2 years ago

    What else have you built? I'm a Popsicle stick builder too.