I want to make a curved rod out of wood.
I basically want to create the wooden version of this metal rod:
Here's another similar rod:
I conducted some searches online, and it doesn't seem that wood elbows can be purchased anywhere. This means that I have to make them myself.
Note: I have no experience with woodworking and DIY projects like this in general.
At first, I was thinking that I would have to take my dowel rod and physically bend the rod to achieve the curve. Soaking the whole rod in water for a while might loosen the wood to the point where it would be somewhat pliable. Alternatively, I could bring the dowel to a local woodworker who owns a steam box. Another option I found was to even use one's microwave as a wood steamer. No matter which method I chose to soften the wood, I would then clamp the rod around a curved jig, so that the wood would dry into an elbow and hold its shape. Here is an example of this jig:
Upon some more thought, however, I think that bending a dowel is not the easiest path. The bend would be a pretty sharp bend. I'm worried that I might split the wood; a dowel rod is much thicker than plywood.
I then realized that I could fasten a rectangular block of wood to the end of the dowel, and then remove material in order to achieve the curve.
I am not skilled in graphic design, but here is a rough diagram I made in Photoshop to depict this method:
In the above image:
The solid black bars represent the two dowel rods (one on each side).
The yellow box represents the block of wood.
The yellow curve with black outline represents the desired curve.
What is the best way to go about creating this yellow curve? Specifically: How should I fasten the wood block to the ends of the two dowels? How should I remove the yellow material to create a smooth curve?
Assume that I have zero tools. But, I am willing to purchase whatever is necessary to create the curve. (Within reason, of course; please keep everything under $1000.)
I think that there is probably more than one way to approach this. Most likely, I have no experience with the tools that I'll need to use, so I think that the best method is one that is the least difficult for a beginner, while still achieving a nice result.
Oh, and it's entirely possible that I am thinking about this in the wrong way, and that my above diagram is not the most practical path to create an elbow out of wood. I am not wedded to my idea, so if you have a better one, I am on board.