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Forum topic by KurtaKalbach posted 08-28-2013 11:10 PM 890 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2013 11:10 PM

I often read articles or watch videos and woodworkers are always bending oak. I was wondering if any other species lend themselves to this type of treatment. If not , why? Would someone please offer any advice or knowledge on the subject? Thanks Kurt

-- Kurt K.

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#1 posted 08-28-2013 11:39 PM

maple should work, don’t see why it would not. there are all sorts of other lumbers that can be bent, from cherry to walnut to well just about anything. There are a few species I would not try, like Jatoba (brazilian cherry) Ipe, Wenge (too brittle), Well anything super dense, or brittle. It’s not saying that it can not be done, it’s just saying that the density would either make them snap first, or brittleness would make them splinter first.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 08-28-2013 11:43 PM

You’ll have an easier time learning to bend oak and
less breakage. There are a lot of factors in bending

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#3 posted 08-28-2013 11:46 PM

Not a problem. You can learn it. The rest of us did.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 01:24 AM

thanks to all. This is why i love this site.

-- Kurt K.

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