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Forum topic by paulmon posted 04-13-2021 04:00 PM 309 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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paulmon

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04-13-2021 04:00 PM

I’ve made several wood bending irons over the years. This one just might be my best one yet. My heat source is a cartrige heater. So far so good.

https://youtu.be/7kLhW4J-OVg


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#1 posted 04-13-2021 06:05 PM

It looks like you had a lot of fun making that video. I like the false stops and the ending, very cute and clever (especially your little laugh at the end).

I never knew you could bend wood with heat. When I was a kid, we used to just soak the wood and conform it to something like a coffee can for a day or 3. I learned something new! Thank you.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#2 posted 04-13-2021 06:28 PM



It looks like you had a lot of fun making that video. I like the false stops and the ending, very cute and clever (especially your little laugh at the end).

I never knew you could bend wood with heat. When I was a kid, we used to just soak the wood and conform it to something like a coffee can for a day or 3. I learned something new! Thank you.

- DevinT

Yeah heat bending has been around a long time. Before I had a steam bender i used “hot pipe bending”, all you need is whatever scrap of black iron pipe you have laying around and a propane torch. You can google it to see videos.

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#3 posted 04-13-2021 06:42 PM

Oh! Really, now?! I have a propane torch, I might just go hunting for some iron. What is “black” iron? Mill scale? Blued?

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#4 posted 04-13-2021 06:50 PM



Oh! Really, now?! I have a propane torch, I might just go hunting for some iron. What is “black” iron? Mill scale? Blued?

- DevinT

Go to Home Depot or Lowes or whatever(or Ferguson if there is one near you). In the plumbing section you will find “black iron” pipes as well as galvanized pipes in the plumbing area. Same stuff people make pipe clamps out of. You don’t want to heat up galvanized as it releases toxic gas.

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#5 posted 04-13-2021 06:52 PM

One of my TODO videos is about the various kinds of wood bending techniques. Once you get started you begin to see all kinds of uses for it.

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#6 posted 04-16-2021 10:11 AM

any picture to drive us to look at the video?

fire bending in boat building:
http://blog.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com/2015/05/fire-bending.html
http://blog.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com/2016/04/bending-bottom-yakimage.html

As far as I understand, in steam bending, steam is there to convey heat and the water aspect is secondary.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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