Cut your wood strips through a straight-grained edge, not on the face-grain side.[1] This will help you put back the strips together with minimal interruption. If you want to disguise the kerfing, mix together glue and sawdust (or an appropriate wood filler) and fill the spaces left in the bent wood.
With each wood bending method, the wood will relax a little after you remove if from the form.
Meet Daniel, a wikiHow author, editor, and Admin from Belgium who has been involved in the community for over 2 years. This one-day class introduces a number of approaches to created curved work out of solid wood and plywood. I also beg you to forgive any wrongspelling etc, I?m Norwegian and thus English isn?t my native tounge. I might disagree slightly with Robson Valley on the physics of steam bending, but his point about dry wood is definitely valid and he may be correct on the physics.
In general, I would not recommend kerf bending on poles, because of how it would look (you cannot hide the kerfs) and because the section of the pole where you didn't cut would be very small compared to the section of the pole you did cut.


To add to the above- from what I have read mahogany is much more suitable to bent lamination then steam bending. The steam box can be a wooden box that you construct to hold the wood to be bent, or it can be a piece of PVC or other kind of pipe. Different kinds of wood are springier than others and different cuts can withstand more force. Some prefer to clamp as they form the wood; clamping piecemeal may give you more flexibility and control. Cut the length of your wood strips to be a little longer than your necessary final measurement. This way, if the wood strips get dropped or rearranged, you'll be able to tell which order your strips belong in. Cork with help both anchor the lamination to its form and even out any irregularities in the sawn form so that you have an even crisper bend.
Take this into consideration and exaggerate the curve on your form a little to compensate for this effect.


You will learn the basics of steam bending, lamination bending, and creating curved work using a vacuum bag, as well as how to create bending forms, build a steam box, and choose the correct wood and glue for bending in different situations. My understanding of steam bending is that the wood absorbs the moisture and becomes flexible again. Based on my understanding, very dry wood could still be bent, but it would take a very long time for it to absorb enough moisture.
There could be some other results from kiln drying besides just the dryness level that make kiln dried wood harder to steam bend. Some will break when you first try to bend them, others will move when taken out of the form.



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