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Old October 1st 05, 05:23 PM
Dan Major
 
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Default Bending/twisting wood (was Bending Oak)

I have a project I'd like to try. It's fairly small, the pieces are no
longer that 10". I don't have the means (money) to build a steam box. The
"slats" are 1/8 - 3/16 thick by 2 - 3 inches wide. Questions a
1) What's the easiest wood to bend?
2) W/O a steam box, can I just boil the wood in a skillet?
3) For one of the projects, I need to put a 90 degree twist down the length
of the slat, can this be done?
4) What's the best finish to keep the wood from "unbending"?

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Old October 2nd 05, 08:42 PM
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Dan Major wrote:
: I have a project I'd like to try. It's fairly small, the pieces are no
: longer that 10". I don't have the means (money) to build a steam box.

All you need is a length of 4" or larger PVC pipe, an end cap, and
a teakettle.
The
: "slats" are 1/8 - 3/16 thick by 2 - 3 inches wide. Questions a
: 1) What's the easiest wood to bend?

Steamed ash is good.

: 3) For one of the projects, I need to put a 90 degree twist down the length
: of the slat, can this be done?

Probably, depending on how thin the wood is, and how abrupt
a twist you want.


: 4) What's the best finish to keep the wood from "unbending"?


Thew finish isn't going to do much. If you laminate a few pieces
together, epoxy or urea-formaldehyde glue will stop springback.

-- Andy Barss
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Old October 3rd 05, 11:44 AM
George
 
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"Andrew Barss" wrote in message
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Dan Major wrote:
: I have a project I'd like to try. It's fairly small, the pieces are no
: longer that 10". I don't have the means (money) to build a steam box.

All you need is a length of 4" or larger PVC pipe, an end cap, and
a teakettle.
The
: "slats" are 1/8 - 3/16 thick by 2 - 3 inches wide. Questions a
: 1) What's the easiest wood to bend?

Steamed ash is good.

SNIP

Ash is a great choice, and should be straight-grained because you rived it
yourself - best option, or you cut along the annual rings of a quartered
piece. Don't worry about waves in them, they'll steam straight.
Thicknessing is a bandsaw/pivot pin proposition. You don't have to be
fanatic and thump the side of a well-soaked black ash like the basket folks,
but your chances of success are greatest if you follow the principles they
use.


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Old October 3rd 05, 06:50 PM
Stan and Sue Deen
 
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soak them in water and wrap them in wet paper towels and place in the
microwave oven until they stop steaming about two or three mins. works
good. Stan
"Andrew Barss" wrote in message
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Dan Major wrote:
: I have a project I'd like to try. It's fairly small, the pieces are no
: longer that 10". I don't have the means (money) to build a steam box.

All you need is a length of 4" or larger PVC pipe, an end cap, and
a teakettle.
The
: "slats" are 1/8 - 3/16 thick by 2 - 3 inches wide. Questions a
: 1) What's the easiest wood to bend?

Steamed ash is good.

: 3) For one of the projects, I need to put a 90 degree twist down the
length
: of the slat, can this be done?

Probably, depending on how thin the wood is, and how abrupt
a twist you want.


: 4) What's the best finish to keep the wood from "unbending"?


Thew finish isn't going to do much. If you laminate a few pieces
together, epoxy or urea-formaldehyde glue will stop springback.

-- Andy Barss





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