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Forum topic by Mrmyke posted 05-16-2013 09:27 PM 981 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2013 09:27 PM

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I just finished bending my first two boards of ash. It went surprisingly well. I stuck them in a steamer for 3 hours then took them to the jig. I am curious if anyone has any tips in bending boards? Should I soak the board before steaming them? The boards I bent were ash and measured 1 1/8” x 1 1/8”. What do you guys recommend the thickness of the boards to be?

Thanks for the help

-- mike

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 01:27 AM

Bend on flat grain and take a little chamfer off the corners.
Flat will bend far easier than edge and the chamfer will help prevent little split-offs starting on the corners.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 02:12 PM

You didn’t say what you’re building, but I bend wood that is 1 1/2”X1 1/2” X46” for rocking chairs (see avatar). Three hours should be more than enough time and pre-soaking should not be necessary, shipwright has good advice. Leave them in the bending jig for a couple of days (the longer the better) and don’t be surprised if you get a small amount of “spring back”. If it’s important that each piece has the same amount of bend (as in chairs) be sure the orientation of the grain is exactly the same on each piece when you put then in the jig.

-- Jim from Horseshoe Bend

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