|Forum topic by JohnyWhy||posted 08-01-2014 02:36 PM||1189 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
08-01-2014 02:36 PM
i need to bend so 1/8” Italian Poplar just a little a bit further than it wants to. It always snaps right before I get the needed bend.
As an experiment, I soaked it overnight in lukewarm water, and then i was able to bend it to the needed radius (and tighter).
Anything that could be improved with my soaking method?
Continuing the experiment, I put some of it in a microwave for a minute. The micro’d wood offered less resistance and less spring-back than the soaked-only wood. That’s a good thing, right?
Anything bad about the microwave method?
I braced both the micro’d and non-micro’d samples on jigs.
Continuing the experiment, i put the micro’d wood in a toaster oven for 5 minutes. That seemed to extract most of the moisture. I could remove the wood from it’s brace shortly after, and it held it’s shape.
Will toasting make the wood too brittle, or have any other drawbacks?
After 6 hours, i removed the non-micro’d, non-heated wood from it’s brace. It is still moist, and it springs back a bit. I re-braced it, and plan to keep it braced until naturally dried, probably another day or two.
Will the naturally-dried wood be stronger or weaker than the heated wood? Anyone have experience with soaking, microwaving, or toasting wood?