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Forum topic by Woodshead posted 08-05-2020 07:08 PM 306 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2020 07:08 PM

I have a 1×4x24” piece of Oak that I need to bend about 1/8” from end to end. I’ve tired putting weight (30 lbs) on both ends of it with a shim/spacer under the center for over a week but it hasn’t budged. I’ve thought about wetting the Oak piece in the center where the shim is but I’m concerned that would ruin it. Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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#1 posted 08-05-2020 07:25 PM

Soak it under water for a week. Then overbend it to shape and allow to dry (3-4 day). Take it out of your bending form and it will spring back a little. Use red oak.

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#2 posted 08-05-2020 08:00 PM

Google “steam bending wood” and you will get a million hits.

Here is a good one from Wood magazine.

You do not have to make such an elaborate steaming box, especially for the small piece you refer to.

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#3 posted 08-08-2020 02:23 PM

Thanks everyone for all your input. Based on the feedback I’ve been getting, what I found on-line and how much I needed to bend this small piece of oak I decided to take a belt-sander to it. It worked like a charm. Thanks again!!!

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