|Forum topic by daltxguy||posted 05-21-2010 08:28 AM||5890 views||2 times favorited||6 replies|
05-21-2010 08:28 AM
I just came across this but you may have seen it.
A company called Fluted Beams out of Gig Harbor, WA is producing a manufactured clear wood product which is cold bendable! It can be used for boat building, furniture building, instruments, architecturally etc. but it can be bent by hand without applying heat and it stays pliable until the wood dries.
Basically the process is to steam clear, straight grained wood, then compress it in its length to between 75-85% of its original length. Then let it rest and cool. As long as it is kept moist after that(for up to 5 years), it can be bent, by hand, into crazy shapes.
When it is being bent, rather than the inside being compressed, the outside is actually stretching. ( Who said you couldn’t stretch wood).
Not all woods work according to the founder. Temperate hardwoods are best ( oak, ash, cherry). Softwoods and exotics don’t.
This process was apparently developed by the Danes 20 years ago though this fellow, in true American fashion, has patented the process.
See more at FlutedBeams
-- If you can't joint it, bead it!