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Blog entry by BenhamDesign posted 01-16-2015 08:00 PM 1247 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maybe I’m just the rebellious type, but when a friend told me it is not possible to steam bend kiln dried lumber, I just had to try. My plan was to create a wooden handle that had three tight bends in it. [ Continue Reading....] to see how I got it to bend.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com



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NoThanks

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 11:35 PM

I don’t know what the deal is.
Why can’t you guys that post this stuff just post your WHOLE story here?
I was interested but after you wasted my time reading the first part only to make me go to your site to get the rest,
I lost interest.
Thanks anyway.

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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BenhamDesign

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#2 posted 01-16-2015 11:42 PM



I don t know what the deal is.
Why can t you guys that post this stuff just post your WHOLE story here?
I was interested but after you wasted my time reading the first part only to make me go to your site to get the rest,
I lost interest.
Thanks anyway.

- Iwud4u


Sorry Iwud4u
I like having my own blog where I can talk about more things than just woodworking. It takes a lot of time to post whole stories with pictures on the different communities I participate in. I always try to post a good descriptive paragraph so you know what you are getting into before clicking though to my blog.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 12:37 AM

Good read Brian, I have also read recently of some folks who soak the wood in hot water with fabric softener in it. If I understand it correctly this softens the lignin and you can bend the piece. I probably have that all wrong but I do know they use fabric softener. I have done some bending with laminations but not steam and have been trying to find a good project to do so. Thank you for posting another method.
Bob

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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BenhamDesign

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 12:43 AM



Good read Brian, I have also read recently of some folks who soak the wood in hot water with fabric softener in it. If I understand it correctly this softens the lignin and you can bend the piece. I probably have that all wrong but I do know they use fabric softener. I have done some bending with laminations but not steam and have been trying to find a good project to do so. Thank you for posting another method.
Bob

- Bob Kassmeyer


Fabric Softener? I wounder who came up with that. I can just picture a guy standing in his garage trying to bend a piece. Then looking over at the washing machine seeing the bottle of fabric softener going uhmmm I wonder….
I may have to play around with that to see what it does to the wood and if it really works.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com

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#5 posted 01-17-2015 10:44 AM

I have heard over the years that you can bend kiln dried wood, and many do it all the time, but it is just not quite as easy to bend as wood dried outdoors.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-18-2015 08:01 PM

Great looking handle. I have never attempted to bend wood, but have seen others do it. Great simple solution, even if you are making several of the same piece

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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