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bending w/ steam / heat
By:Will Dickinson
Date: 8/2/2001, 4:23 pm

Ok, I wrote in a couple of weeks ago about having trouble getting my strips to bend into shape at the bow and sterm of the one-oceans cape anne double I am building. I got back lots of good ideas and suggestions, one of which involved the use of a heat gun on the sections of strip with the most curvature. I went out and got a middle-of-the-line heat gun (high & low heat setting)to try this method out. I think I am doing something wrong, because this does not seem to be helping bend the strips a whole lot. Here is my method:

1) saturate a cloth in water and wrap it around the strip, squeezing the cloth as I move it along the portion of the strip I want to bend. This gets the entire outside of the strip saturated.

2) Turn the gun on high and move back and forth across the now wet strip. I stop when the water is almost all evaporated and try to bend the strip.

3) bend the strips. The wood is redwood. The heating doesn't seem to change the load I have to apply to get the strips to bend. Also, the strips spring back to an almost straight shape even after being un-clamped (If I don't apply glue)

I do not have any experience with steaming wood, and I think that this method with the heat gun is an attempt to "steam" without using a chamber. Maybe I should just suck it up and build a small steam box. Here are my questions:

- Do you have to SOAK the strip instead of just wiping with water?
- How high of a heat and for how long?
- When do you remove the heat? When the strip is damp? dry?
- Do you glue the strip immediately after bending, or just clamp in place and let it dry in the bent shape? If the strip is still wet after bending, will regular titebond create a good joint? Same question for regulare you glue when the wood is still wet?

Thanks for the is really appreciated


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bending w/ steam / heat
Will Dickinson -- 8/2/2001, 4:23 pm
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Ken Sutherland -- 8/5/2001, 7:21 pm
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brett onnink -- 8/4/2001, 10:54 am
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Chris Menard -- 8/3/2001, 8:01 am
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Rod -- 8/3/2001, 1:55 pm
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John Monfoe -- 8/3/2001, 4:27 am
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Les Nightingill -- 8/2/2001, 4:39 pm
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West -- 8/2/2001, 4:51 pm
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JT -- 8/2/2001, 5:35 pm
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Chip Sandresky -- 8/2/2001, 4:39 pm