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Forum topic by Darren Webb posted 08-30-2011 11:10 PM 12836 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Darren Webb

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08-30-2011 11:10 PM

This may not be new to you guys but I gave it a go.
I wanted to go back in time and try to form a piece of wood using pressure and a tub of water solution.
I tried many different methods over many months but the one I found that worked was this.
I took a 4ft length 2” wide piece of regular hardware store wood into a barrel with a salt solution. In this barrel I place a preformed metal template for the wood to curl around. I soaked the wood for 48hrs before placing in the template.
The wood is then slid into the template 6” -12” at a time every 24-36hrs.

Over 1 week it curled the wood perfectly. .... Ok yeah there were a few splits however OAK is the wood to do this with. Has anyone any experience with performing this art ??
Any tips n advice is helpful

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 11:35 PM

Not Me,
Don’t understand your description, perhaps some pictures would help us to understand. Something I am considering, would like to know more about the process.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#2 posted 08-31-2011 12:12 AM

Ok … I’ll dig some pictures out. I’m sure someone in this forum has had experience of this which could help us both Jack.

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#3 posted 08-31-2011 12:27 AM

My only experience has been steam-bending white oak. Like Jack, I can’t quite visualize what your method is.
Did you notice very much spring-back as your wood dried?
Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 08-31-2011 12:47 AM

I have bent 1/8” oak by soaking it tap water overnight and taking out of water and clamping it into a form and allowed to dry a few days. Yes oak works best for bending.

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#5 posted 08-31-2011 02:39 AM

I filled 4” black sewer pipe with hot tap water and some Downey. Stuck in several lengths of 3/4X3/4 oak and left it in the AZ summer sun all day.
Almost like spaghetti the next day.
Smelled good, too.

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#6 posted 08-31-2011 04:59 AM

Hi Darren,
Got to admit I have never tried to bend any wood. Something I will be trying after my lawn mowing days have vanished. The pictures Jim posted above clarify a lot for me with the basket. Still want to see your pictures though, Darren. Some good ideas here, glad I didn’t miss this post.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#7 posted 08-31-2011 01:57 PM

Thanks for the replies. To be honest there was nothing meaningful coming from my experiment. The jig I used was from a piece of alluminum we had lying around in the engineering office workshop. It was njot ideal but I wanted to try the method. I did read somewhere that adding a salt solution helped with the bending of the wood. I like the steam idea. How much manipulation did that take to get the basket shape Jim ….nice piece that is by the way.

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