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Forum topic by scrapmaster posted 09-28-2011 12:28 AM 1044 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2011 12:28 AM

I’ve been working with wood for years but avoided anything that required curved wood.

Not sure how to curve wood, I think I heard once you could use a steam iron…but never tried it. Can anyone give me tips/advice on doing that?

-- scrapmaster

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 01:06 AM

What are the dimensions of the wood you want to bend? What is the radius of your smallest?

Most wood bending, like a cane handle or windsor chair parts, require steaming.



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#2 posted 09-28-2011 01:23 AM

Like Lee said we could use a little more info on what type of project you have in mind plus the type of wood.

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 01:27 AM

Another option for bending wood is bent lamination. A simple explanation is taking thin strips of wood and gluing them together, then clamping them in place around your profile/curve. Bent lamination tends to produce very little spring back, from what I’ve seen, heard, and read. There are also certain glues that work very well for this application, adhesives you might not normally use.

Both types of wood bending have postives and negatives associated with them, as you might expect.

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 02:27 PM

Thanks for the responses, they gave me ideas as to how to approach projects that require bending. It appears there is no quick and easy in this case, it will take patience and persistence for whatever project. It think it comes down to the thinner the wood, the more flexible…strength is lost in the process but can somewhat be regained through layering…

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 05:23 PM

I’ve used water soaked cold bending, steam bending and laminate bending. Unless the item is very thin I think laminate is the way to go.

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 03:11 PM

if you are planning on doing bending i would look into the best types of woods to steam bend. some hold and bend much better than others. I know walnut is a great one to bend.

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