Share some skill with me.
Within the next week or so I’m going to try some simple, I hope, steam bending and I would like advice from those who are more expert than I am. I understand the basics the hows and whys. I read some articles on how to do it but I guess what I need is what to expect. I have built my steam cabinet and the 2 molds needed though I’m not sure the molds are correct.
This is the project, a Boston rocker made from hard maple had 2 broken spindles one of the back outside spindles the heavier one and one of the secondary thinner ones. Both have a slight bend to them. The thin one should be easy. The thick one is what I’m concerned about.
1 – How long do you steam hard maple? 1 piece about 1 1/8” in diameter and about 24 +/- ” long. And 1 piece about 5/8” diameter about the same length.
2 – How soft will the wood get? Just springy or like a limp noodle.
3 – How long do I have to wait untill the wood takes the set of the mold?
4 – If it doesn’t work the first time can I re-steam the same parts or do I need to turn new ones.
5 – Should the mold be made to over bend so the wood will spring back to the proper position? O should I just slip in a small wedge to over bend it?
Impart your wisdom upon me teach me inform me.
Thanks in advance.
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