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05-08-2009 07:27 AM

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FWW has an article on “hot-pipe bending” Bending wood by pressing it over a 200 degree pipe. Has anyone ever tried that?

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

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#1 posted 05-09-2009 12:04 AM

it works by heat ing up the sap and softing the fibers i may have seen the fww pice i think i have that one any way it is the same more or less as steam bending just be sure not to let the wood burn soak the wood for 2 or 3 hr in water before heating have a form ready as this kind of heat will not last long use a backer to stop spliting i use a leak clamp for pipes as a backer i have used a pice of sheet metal i like bending shaker box and the like people always ask how did you do that plus i get a blast out of it to take something that is flat and make it curved the heat pipe is how you make music instruments you can also bend by heating water not to a boil and puting in the wood to make it flex


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#2 posted 05-10-2009 03:37 PM

It’s called a bending iron. This is the one I use:

You could also use a propane touch inside a pipe.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-11-2009 03:36 AM

Thanks Gary. The torch and pipe is what I saw. This electric one would be easier to maintain.

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

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