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#1 posted 04-10-2013 09:50 PM

Bending purple heart…. ha ha ha ha ha ha.. whew…
Purple heart is way to fragile to get a good bend… especially to 5”r…. at they have a veneer softener. I have used this on a few of the open celled, but fibrous woods.. purple heart will darken a lot with the softener. I steam bent for 30 min after soaking the thinned stock in the softener overnight… I can get 3mm thick to a 8” radius easily with a back strap and clamp system I came up with. This may not be your solution though.

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