steam bending al-fresco

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Re: steam bending al-fresco

Postby Shankar » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:12 pm

Just back from Portugal where they do some nice Savonarola chairs but unfortuntly too expensive to buy and ship back or pay to bring back on Ryanair so thinking of making my own. I would need to bend my own legs using a former of some sort. I was thinking of using 1 inch square legs. The easiest way to get these would be from a seasoned timber merchant ready cut in either ash or oak. If I steamed the lengths of wood, would seasoned timber become flexible enough to bend or would it have to be green wood. Not done steam bending before but willing to learn.

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Re: steam bending al-fresco

Postby 81stBRAT » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:26 pm

Seasoned wood steam bends just as easy as green may take longer to reach plastic time, less chance of moving too.
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Re: steam bending al-fresco

Postby gavin » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:38 pm

You'll have to watch the grain of your milled 1" sections is long as possible. If the fibres run out the sides and not the ends there is a good chance the piece will fracture when you steam it. I'd start with a piece of practice timber of cleft wood just to get some experience.
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